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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglass Dilman
Jim Talley
Senator Watson
Noah Calvin
Arthur Eaton
Kay Eaton
Robert Wheeler
Wheeler's Lawyer
Simon Scott ...
Hugh Gaynor
South African Consul
Ma Blore
Edward Faulkner ...
Secret Service Man
Gilbert Green ...
Congressman Hand


When the President and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the Vice-President declines the office due to age and ill-health, Senate President pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader. Written by Kevin Lantry

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The First Black President of the United States. First They Swore Him In. Then They Swore to Get Him. See more »








Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La loi de succession  »

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Jack Benny's last feature film or cameo appearance. See more »


Douglass Dilman: When you justify murder in the name of morality, you've done nothing but murder your morality.
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Referenced in Isn't It Shocking? (1973) See more »

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Irving Wallace's - THE MAN
27 March 2006 | by (Sterling, VA) – See all my reviews

I was interested in reading the comments on the message boards at the base of the IMDb listing for THE MAN.

This is only one of several novels written by Irving Wallace that has been transferred to "the big screen." Irving Wallace did NOT like the treatment that THE MAN received in the translation from his written words to the screen. In that I agree.

I have read ALL of his books and found each one to be a "page turner" regardless of how many times I have read them over the years. He was a superb writer and I'm only one of a legion of his fans.

I was very disappointed in the screen adaption of THE MAN. The novel was approximately 800 pages in length and the screen version covered about the first 150 pages. The other 650 pages were lost to Rod Serling's abilities. Very unusual for Serling and I find it very disappointing to say the least.

I agree, this movie should be released on DVD. It's an excellent movie even taking into consideration the "adaption" to the screen. I also happen to be a great fan of James Earl Jones and for that reason alone I think it should be released.

As a side point, every novel written by Wallace had been opted for screen or mini-series treatment. Unfortunately, he died in 1990 and I do recall him saying that as a result of ABC's treatment of THE MAN he would not allow any of his novels to be made into motion pictures unless he was in control of the process. He died - unfortunately. I was so looking forward to the CBS mini-series on his novel THE MIRACLE! If you can find any of his books I highly recommend that you buy and read them. Every one of them was a "page turner" and you won't be disappointed.

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