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The Bastard

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(Syndicated, 5/22/1978 and 5/23/1978, 2 Parts, 120 mins each, 4 hours). The first of prolific writer John Jakes’ seven-part American Bicentennial series was adapted into a two-part four-hour swashbuckler in which the illegitimate son of a French nobleman fights to regain his rightful inheritance amid the dangers and intrigues when American Colonists were overthrowing British rule. This fictionalized account of the Revolutionary War period follows him from Europe to the New World where he encounters Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and other legendary Colonial figures. The leading role was given to newcomer Andrew Stevens (actress Stella Stevens’ son), with support from a dozen or so seasoned veterans. Emmy Award nominations went to Loyd S. Papez for his art direction and to Richard Friedman for his set decoration. Two sequels followed: “The Rebels” and “The Seekers.” The movie was shown in some locations under the title of “The Kent Chronicles.”

Production Company Universal Television. Director Lee H. Katzin. Executive Producer John Wilder. Producer Joe Byrne. Teleplay Guerdon Trueblood. Based on the Novel by John Jakes. Photography Michel Hugo. Music John Addison. Editors Michael S. Murphy, Robert F. Shugrue. Art Director Loyd S. Papez. Associate Producer Susan Lichtwardt. Costumes Jean-Pierre Dorleac.

Cast Andrew Stevens (Phillipe Charboneau/Philip Kent), Tom Bosley (Benjamin Franklin), Kim Cattrall (Anne Ware), Buddy Ebsen (Benjamin Edes), Lorne Greene (Bishop Francis), Olivia Hussey (Alicia), Cameron Mitchell (Captain Plummer), Harry Morgan (Captain Caleb), Patricia Neal (Marie Charboneau), Eleanor Parker (Lady Amberly), Donald Pleasence (Solomon Sholto), William Shatner (Paul Revere), Barry Sullivan (Abraham Ware), Noah Beery (Dan O’Brien), Peter Bonerz (Girard), John Colicos (Lord North), William Daniels (Samuel Adams), James Gregory (Will Campbell), Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Lucas), Mark Neely (Roger Amberly), Keenan Wynn (Johnny Malcolm), Raymond Burr (Narrator), Jim Antonio (Dr. Warren), William H. Bassett (British officer), Roger Bowen (Landlord), Robert Burke (Hosea Sholto), George Chandler (Seadog), Sam Chew Jr. (Major), John de Lancie (Lieutenant Stark), Johnny Doran (Jeremy Thaxter), Ike Eisenmann (Gil [Marquis de Lafayette as a teenager]), Peter Elbling (General), Charles Haid (George Lumden), Alex Henteloff (Henry Knox), Russell Johnson (Col. James Barrett), Claude Earl Jones (Fat man), Monte Landis (Turly), Alan Napier (Dr. Bleeker), John Mark Robinson (Dr. Prescott), Elizabeth Shepherd (Emma Sholto), Carol Tru Foster (Daisy O’Brien), James Whitmore Jr. (Esau Sholto), Michael Alldredge (British sergeant), Beege Barkette (Charlotte), Albert Carrier (Valet), Damon Douglas (Auguste Du Pleis), Stephen Furst (Bertrand), James Garrett (Beggar), Philip Baker Hall (Shopkeeper), Keith McConnell (Coachman), Richard Peel (Captain Rotch), Peggy Rea (Woman), Clint Ritchie (Mister Dawes), Benjamin Stewart (Innkeeper), Pamela White (Polly).

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