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9 April 1985 (USA) See more »
Julia Mansfield is the first woman to be elected President of the United States. In addition to dealing... See more »
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Patty Duke ... President Julia Mansfield (7 episodes, 1985)

Ted Bessell ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield (7 episodes, 1985)

Quinn Cummings ... Lucy Mansfield (7 episodes, 1985)

Ricky Paull Goldin ... Doug Mansfield (7 episodes, 1985)

Dick Shawn ... Ivan Zolotov (6 episodes, 1985)

Richard Paul ... Rev. Billy Joe Bickerstaff (6 episodes, 1985)
Burton Gilliam ... Clovis Montgomery (3 episodes, 1985)

Pat Hingle ... Lamar Montgomery (3 episodes, 1985)

Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Nikita (2 episodes, 1985)

Alexa Hamilton ... Darlene Lubin (2 episodes, 1985)

Rose Marie ... Sylvia (2 episodes, 1985)

John Vernon ... Gen. Hannibal Stryker / ... (2 episodes, 1985)

George Wyner ... Irving Metzman (2 episodes, 1985)

Series Directed by
J.D. Lobue (7 episodes, 1985)
Series Writing credits
Susan Harris (7 episodes, 1985)
Mort Nathan (2 episodes, 1985)

Paul Junger Witt (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1985)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1985)
Marsha Posner Williams .... co-producer / producer (7 episodes, 1985)

Harry Waterson .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (1 episode, 1985)
Series Casting by
Marsha Kleinman (1 episode, 1985)
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (1 episode, 1985)
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (1 episode, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Joel Israel .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1985)
Bobbe Joy .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1985)

Dale Miller .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Michael Riolo .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 1985)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Richard Banicki .... associate director (1 episode, 1985)
Gary Shimokawa .... associate director (1 episode, 1985)
Series Sound Department
Nick Kleissas .... audio (1 episode, 1985)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording (1 episode, 1985)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Carlson .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1985)
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1985)
Series Casting Department
Kathleen Letterie .... casting associate (1 episode, 1985)
Jeff Oshen .... casting associate (1 episode, 1985)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Hodge .... costumer (1 episode, 1985)
Rhoda Yarbrough .... costumer (1 episode, 1985)
Series Editorial Department
Skip Collector .... editorial assembly (1 episode, 1985)
Adria Horton .... post-production coordinator (1 episode, 1985)
Lex Passaris .... editorial assistant (1 episode, 1985)
Series Music Department
Scott Gale .... music coordinator (1 episode, 1985)
Series Other crew
Steve Greenberg .... title designer / main title graphics (7 episodes, 1985)

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30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Actors who auditioned for the role of Gen. Oliver Mansfield include Dick Shawn (who was cast instead as Zolotov) and Spalding Gray.See more »


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A rare satire that actually gets better - more timely - with age, 13 February 2010
Author: eschetic-2 from Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States

No, it actually wasn't all that well written, but my goodness was it prescient! Imagine if Hillary Clinton had actually won the White House in 2008, Bill in tow, but been saddled with a Cabinet and kids Nixon, Reagan or "Bush the Lesser" might have produced. Picture that and you'll have something close to what the creators of this Reagan Era satire must have had in mind in trying to apply the style (right down to the musical cues and canned laughter from the brilliant SOAP) to the world of national and international politics.

The Soviet Union was still together and the Middle East hadn't exploded yet, but everything else rings painfully true in the audio tapes I made (so recent and yet VCRs were just coming in!) of the first four episodes (of the seven shown) and recently stumbled across in the back of a true in fact, that I dearly wish the company which put SOAP out on DVD would put the lone season of HAIL TO THE CHIEF on a DVD to be enjoyed again - for many people, for the first time. It might stun a lot of people including the original creators. Most satire (unless it's as brilliantly written as a MURPHY BROWN) ages rapidly, but this show actually seems better now than when it originally aired.

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