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Chapter VIII 

Rory Armagh seeks the Democratic nomination for President over Woodrow Wilson, while his father ponders a lifetime without love.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Armagh
Rory Armagh
Cara Leslie
Bernadette Hennessey Armagh (as Patty Duke Astin)
Elizabeth Healey Hennessey
Mary Armagh
Brian Armagh (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sean Armagh
Gov. Skerritt
Harry Zieff
Courtney Wickersham
Jay Regan
Marjorie Chisholm Armagh
Honora Houlihan
Charles Desmond


Rory Armagh seeks the Democratic nomination for President over Woodrow Wilson, while his father ponders a lifetime without love.

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25 November 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The final chapter, all told over ten hours in two months
21 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

The eighth and final chapter of CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS concluded two months of weekly broadcasts, the time 1912, when the Democrat nominee for President is sure to win with the Republican ticket split between Taft and Roosevelt. Rory Armagh (Perry King) has not only married Claudia Desmond as his father decreed, he has also surprised many with his drive to succeed for the White House. As his ultimate triumph draws ever closer Joseph Armagh (Richard Jordan) suffers a heart attack, relinquishing Rory's campaign to brother Brian (Cliff DeYoung), and bidding farewell to both friends and family. Longtime attorney Harry Zieff (Harvey Jason) has little time to enjoy retirement, sacrificing himself to save a young woman (Sian Barbara Allen) from death on the Titanic; Joseph's true love Elizabeth (Blair Brown) expires in her sleep after a visit from Harry; long estranged brother Sean (David Huffman) finally learns how Joseph secretly saved him from the gallows some 30 years earlier, and guarantees Rory the labor vote; for his part Rory despises the men in charge, lusting for power in order to strike back at the cold manipulations of the powers-that-be. Sadly it would not come to pass, though for ten hours viewers were glued to their seats for this rendition of NBC's Best Sellers. Richard Jordan earned a Golden Globe for his towering performance, while Patty Duke received an Emmy.

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