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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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Benjamin Franklin at 12 (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Edward Bell
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John Bird ...
 William Whateley (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Margaret Stevenson (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Cochin (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Benjamin Franklin (as a young man) (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Mrs. Peachum / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Oliver Clark
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(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Devlin
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(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Hurd Hatfield ...
 John Church (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gerald Hiken
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 Wedderburn (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Scott Hylands
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Knight ...
 William Franklin (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Thomas Leopold
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 Dunning (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Markham ...
 Bishop Shipley (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
George Morgan
(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Priscilla Morrill
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(3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Hillsborough (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Vivian Pickles ...
 Mrs. Shipley / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Dartmouth (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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Jenny Sullivan
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 Benjamin Franklin (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Benjamin Franklin (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
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 Benjamin Franklin (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
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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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21 November 1974 (USA)  »

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - Mini-Series
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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