Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
 Joseph Armagh 8 episodes, 1976
 Harry Zieff 8 episodes, 1976
 Elizabeth Healey Hennessey / ... 6 episodes, 1976
 Charles Desmond 6 episodes, 1976
 Rory Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
 Mary Armagh / ... 4 episodes, 1976
 Marjorie Chisholm Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
 Gentleman 4 episodes, 1976
 Claudia / ... 4 episodes, 1976
 Ed Healey 4 episodes, 1976
 Sean Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
 Courtney Wickersham 3 episodes, 1976
 Tom Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
 Martinique 3 episodes, 1976
 Katherine Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Doug Heyes Jr. ...
 Kevin Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
 Honora Houlihan / ... 3 episodes, 1976
 Miss Emmy 3 episodes, 1976
 Clair Montrose 2 episodes, 1976
 Sen. Enfield Bassett 2 episodes, 1976
 Judge Newell Chisholm 2 episodes, 1976
 Sister Angela 2 episodes, 1976
Joe Kapp ...
 Bill Strickland / ... 2 episodes, 1976
 Anne-Marie 2 episodes, 1976
Rod Haase ...
 Roger Mace 2 episodes, 1976
Charles H. Gray ...
 Captain Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
Charles O. Lynch ...
 Hotel Clerk 2 episodes, 1976
Roberta Storm ...
 Mrs. Calvin 2 episodes, 1976


Joseph Armagh was a poor Irish immigrant who came to the United States in the mid-19th century, and proceeded, through struggle, heartache and hard work, to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. This nine-part miniseries details Armagh's path to success. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

30 September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitanes y los reyes  »

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Technical Specs


| (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Producer Jo Swerling Jr. remembers "We had a lovely young actress named Beverly D'Angelo doing a love scene with Harvey Jason. It was your typical TV shot across her back to Harvey as she lets the negligee drop to the ground, and she's standing there naked. Then we did closeups of Harvey, and then of Beverly. And in Beverly's closeup we put a TV matte on the lens so that our matted field of vision would cut just at the nipple line; that was it was obvious that she was nude, but you didn't see any nipple. However, when the show was telecast, there were in the new TV sets variances in the field of vision, and half the sets in the country saw more of Beverly than the other half. The following morning, we got a panic call from Broadcast Standards that we had violated the nudity ban and that more people saw Beverly's nipples than didn't. But nobody complained. Nobody but the censors. The upshot was that we were told not to cut it that close in the future." See more »


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Excellent mini-series, but read the book also.
20 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

In 1976 I was given a copy of the book by Taylor Caldwell by a dear friend who suggested I read it. I was not too keen initially in reading it , but did find it quickly becoming a book that was difficult to put down. While I usually prefer to watch a movie than read a book, the book added more to the story than the movie. The only problem I have with the movie (my vote as the best mini series ever)is that a list of non-fiction books she listed at the back of the book she used to form her novel are regrettably missing at the end of the movie. Joseph Armagh's recognition of a powerful group of individuals determining national politics so intrigued me that I have spent the last thirty years investigating the concept, beginning with the books she recommends at the end of the book. My world view has been unalterably formed by this historical novel and the subsequent investigations over the ensuing years. While I highly recommend this movie, I would also recommend reading the book and beginning your own search for political insight.

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