The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (1974)

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A mini-series made up of four plays each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

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Series cast summary:
 Benjamin Franklin (1 episode, 1974)
(1 episode, 1974)
(1 episode, 1974)
John Bird ...
 William Whateley (1 episode, 1975)
 Margaret Stevenson (1 episode, 1975)
Georgia Brown ...
 Mrs Peachum (1 episode, 1975)
 Benjamin Franklin (1 episode, 1975)
Hurd Hatfield ...
 John Church (1 episode, 1975)
(1 episode, 1975)
 Wedderburn (1 episode, 1975)
David Knight ...
 William Franklin (1 episode, 1975)
 Dunning (1 episode, 1975)
David Markham ...
 Bishop Shipley (1 episode, 1975)
 Hillsborough (1 episode, 1975)
Vivian Pickles ...
 Mrs Shipley (1 episode, 1975)
 Dartmouth (1 episode, 1975)
 Benjamin Franklin (1 episode, 1975)
 Benjamin Franklin at 12 (1 episode)
(1 episode)
Edward Bell
(1 episode)
 Cochin (1 episode)
Oliver Clark
(1 episode)
Keene Curtis
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
John Devlin
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
Gerald Hiken
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
Richard Kelton
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
Thomas Leopold
(1 episode)
George Morgan
(1 episode)
Priscilla Morrill
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
(1 episode)
Jenny Sullivan
(1 episode)
(1 episode)


A mini-series made up of four plays each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

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21 November 1974 (USA)  »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into The Lives of Benjamin Franklin: The Ambassador (1974) See more »

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19 September 2006 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

What a shame that this terrific little mini-series has never been offered even on video tape let alone DVD. This came out just prior to the American Bi-Centennial and is a hidden gem. The director tried something quite novel and new, in that he composed four different films on Benjamin Franklin highlighting various aspects of Franklin's remarkable achievements.

Beau Bridges plays a "young Franklin" still trying to figure out his way in the world. Eddie Albert plays Franklin "the Diplomat" in a great story about Franklins dealings in Paris trying to get the French to acknowledge American independence after Burgoyne's surrender.

Richard Widmark plays Franklin "The Rebel" getting caught up in the early days of the revolution.

Melvin Douglas plays Franklin as an old man, past his prime but still active.

All we can do is hope that this great series will be released someday for a new generation.

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