|Directed by||Allan Dwan|
|Written by||Bret Harte (story)|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||September 21, 1955|
|Running time||87 min.|
|Box office||$1.1 million (US)|
"Tennessee's Partner" is also one of the greatest short stories of Bret Harte's fiction career. The story is significantly different from the movie which came out many years later. Harte lived from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, and this film is based upon his work. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures, which was then owned by industrialist Howard Hughes, who was known for his support of political conservatives.
This film inspired one of the greatest hits of The Four Seasons. As the character based on Bob Gaudio explains in the musical Jersey Boys, "I'm watching the million dollar movie. Some cheesy John Payne western. He hauls off and smacks Rhonda Fleming across the mouth and says, 'What do you think of that?' She looks up at him defiant, proud, eyes glistening - and she says, 'Big girls don't cry.'"
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
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