Tennessee's Partner

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Tennessee's Partner
Poster of the movie Tennessee's Partner.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byBenedict Bogeaus
Screenplay by
Based on"Tennessee’s Pardner"
by Bret Harte
Music by
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byJames Leicester
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • September 21, 1955 (1955-09-21)[1]
Running time
86 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million (US)[3]

Tennessee's Partner is a 1955 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan, written by Graham Baker, D. D. Beauchamp, Milton Krims, and Teddi Sherman, with uncredited rewrites by Dwan, and starring John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, and Coleen Gray.

The film was released by RKO Radio Pictures, which was then owned by industrialist Howard Hughes. While the film is based upon one of Bret Harte's most popular short stories, "Tennessee’s Pardner," it departs significantly from the original storyline. The 1869 Harte story has also been filmed as Tennessee's Pardner (1916), The Flaming Forties (1924), and The Golden Princess (1925).



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.'"[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Tennessee's Partner: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "TENNESSEE'S PARTNER (A)". British Board of Film Classification. October 19, 1955. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  3. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956

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