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Tennessee Johnson (1942) was a Drama - Drama Film directed by William Dieterle and produced by J. Walter Ruben and Irving Asher.

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Jefferson Davis: I must pronounce our solemn farewell. Under these circumstances, of course, my functions - and those of my colleagues - terminate here. We but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence - and take the hazard, putting our trust in God, and in our own firm hearts - and strong arms - we will vindicate the right as best we may.
[looking slowly around the room]
Jefferson Davis: I see now around me some with whom I have served long; there have been points of collision. For whatever offense I have given, I ask forgiveness. Of whatever of offense there has been to me, I leave here. I carry with me no hostile remembrance. I go hence unencumbered of the remembrance of injury received, and having discharged the duty of making the only reparation in my power for any injury offered.
[pausing]
Jefferson Davis: Mr. President; Senators - having made the announcement which the occasion seemed to me to require - it remains only for my colleagues and myself to bid you a final - adieu.


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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 5, 1943 with Ruth Hussey and Lionel Barrymore reprising their film roles.
Early production charts and a newspaper item included Lewis Stone and Grant Mitchell in the cast, but they were not in the film. Porter Hall (The Weasel) and Sheldon Leonard (Atzerodt) were in the Call Bureau Cast Service list for those roles, but they were cut for the released print. Similarly, Lew Short, Ralph McCullough, Al Ferguson, Ben Hall, Roger Gray and Murdock MacQuarrie, all listed as "Men at Railroad Station" must have been cut, since there were no railroad station scenes. Also Joseph E. Bernard (Engineer) and Jack Daley, Stanley Price, Philo McCullough, Frank O'Connor and Bob Ryan (I) listed as "Men at Another Railroad Station" must have been cut for the same reason. Also Allen Pomeroy and
Van Heflin suffered from appendicitis during filming. The production filmed around him and his illness did not cause a delay in production.
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