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Captains and the Kings 

Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.
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1976  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Jordan ...  Joseph Armagh 8 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Harry Zieff 8 episodes, 1976
Patty Duke ...  Bernadette Hennessey Armagh / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Blair Brown ...  Elizabeth Healey Hennessey / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Robert Vaughn ...  Charles Desmond 6 episodes, 1976
Perry King ...  Rory Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Katherine Crawford ...  Mary Armagh / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Jane Seymour ...  Marjorie Chisholm Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Bernard Behrens ...  Gentleman 4 episodes, 1976
Cynthia Sikes ...  Claudia / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Charles Durning ...  Ed Healey 4 episodes, 1976
David Huffman ...  Sean Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Terry Kiser ...  Courtney Wickersham 3 episodes, 1976
Vic Morrow ...  Tom Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Barbara Parkins ...  Martinique 3 episodes, 1976
Joanna Pettet ...  Katherine Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Doug Heyes Jr. Doug Heyes Jr. ...  Kevin Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Jenny Sullivan ...  Honora Houlihan / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Beverly D'Angelo ...  Miss Emmy 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Donat ...  Clair Montrose 2 episodes, 1976
Henry Fonda ...  Sen. Enfield Bassett 2 episodes, 1976
John Houseman ...  Judge Newell Chisholm 2 episodes, 1976
Celeste Holm ...  Sister Angela 2 episodes, 1976
Joe Kapp ...  Bill Strickland / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Ann Dusenberry ...  Anne-Marie 2 episodes, 1976
Rod Haase Rod Haase ...  Roger Mace 2 episodes, 1976
Charles H. Gray ...  Captain Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
Charles O. Lynch Charles O. Lynch ...  Hotel Clerk 2 episodes, 1976
Roberta Storm Roberta Storm ...  Mrs. Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captains and the Kings See more »

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Runtime:

| (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Coming out on DVD in January
24 November 2008 | by trob226See all my reviews

Finally! Powerful and spectacular miniseries. Marvelous actors, led by the always brilliant Richard Jordan (may he rest in peace) who makes us adore Joseph Armagh before he takes him to a ruthless, power-hungry SOB we still somehow care about. Bit by bit he destroys his life while he thinks he's building it. Harvey Jason is terrific as the only friend who always believes in him. Other supporting actors are the likes of Henry Fonda (brief but absolutely mesmerizing), Vic Morrow, Ray Bolger, Patty Duke Astin, Jane Seymour and a score of others at the top of their craft. Our terrible loss is that so many of them are gone now, but boy, what they left behind. Having so many of them in one work is a genuine treat.


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