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American Comandante 

U.S. citizen William Morgan rises to power in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Platt ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
William Alexander Morgan William Alexander Morgan ... Himself (archive footage) (as William Morgan)
David Grann ... Himself - Author
Michael Sallah Michael Sallah ... Himself - Author
Alexander Morgan Alexander Morgan ... Himself - William Morgan's Father (archive footage)
Loretta Morgan Loretta Morgan ... Herself - William Morgan's Mother (archive footage)
Aran Shetterly Aran Shetterly ... Himself - Author
Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Evelio Martínez Evelio Martínez ... Himself
Roger Redondo Roger Redondo ... Himself
Armando Fleites Armando Fleites ... Himself
Olga Rodríguez Goodwin Olga Rodríguez Goodwin ... Herself - William Morgan's Widow
Lillian Guerra Lillian Guerra ... Herself - Historian
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage)
Clete Roberts ... Himself - TV Journalist, KTLA (archive footage)


U.S. citizen William Morgan rises to power in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution.

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17 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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One of the most fascinating and little-known stories from "American Experience"
12 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I had never heard of the story of William Morgan before I saw this episode of "American Experience"--probably since he was executed several years before I was born. The story begins with the execution and then works backward to William Morgan's youth and a life filled with failures. As a teen, he ran away to join the circus. When in the military, he went AWOL and then compounded the crime by beating up a jailer and escaping. Following a stint in prison for this as well as his dishonorable discharge, Morgan bounced from job to job--some work for the mob as well as more time with the circus. With such a pathetic record, then, it's fascinating how he then went to national hero when he left the US to help in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. How he was able to fall from hero to condemned man is something you'll have to see in the film for yourself.

Overall, a really fascinating portrait of a man who was both honorable and well as a complete jerk!! This isn't really meant as an insult--just showing the extremes, the complete dichotomy that was Morgan's brief life. Well crafted and never dull!

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