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Captains and the Kings

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(NBC, 9/30/1976 to 11/11/1976, 6 Parts, 9 hours). The six-part serialization of Taylor Caldwell’s 1972 novel about an Irish immigrant and the establishment of his family name through the accumulation of wealth and power during the years from 1857 to 1912, along with his goal of having his son elected the first Catholic President of the United States, gained a huge television following because of its thinly disguised similarities to the Kennedy family saga. Richard Jordan and Perry King, as father and son (although basically the same age), became stars of sorts because of their performances. Patty Duke Astin won another of her assorted Emmy Awards for her work as Jordan’s breakdown-prone wife, and cinematographer Ric Waite received one for photographing Part 1 (of six). The production also was nominated as Outstanding Series of 1976-77, as were actors Richard Jordan and Charles Durning, composer Elmer Bernstein, art director Joseph R. Jennings and set designer Jerry Adams (the last two for their work on Part 2).

Production Companies Roy Huggins Productions, Universal Television. Directors Allen Reisner, Doug Heyes. Executive Producer Roy Huggins. Producer Jo Swerling Jr. Teleplay Doug Heyes. Based on the Novel by Taylor Caldwell. Adapted by Elinor Karpf, Stephen Karpf. Photography Isidore Mankofsky, Ric Waite, Vilis Lapenieks. Music Elmer Bernstein. Editors Christopher Nelson, Edwin F. England, Larry D. Lester, Lawrence J. Vallario. Art Directors John Corso, Joseph R. Jennings. Associate Producer Dorothy J. Bailey.

Cast Richard Jordan (Joseph Armagh), Perry King (Rory Armagh), Patty Duke (Bernadette Hennessey), Ray Bolger (R.J. Squibbs), Blair Brown (Elizabeth Healey), John Carradine (Father Hale), Katherine Crawford (Moira Armagh), Charles Durning (Ed Healey), Henry Fonda (Sen. Enfield Bassett), Celeste Holm (Sister Angela), John Houseman (Judge Newell Chisholm), David Huffman (Sean Armagh), Burl Ives (“Old Syrup”), Harvey Jason (Haroun “Harry” Zieff), Vic Morrow (Tom Hennessey), Barbara Parkins (Martinique), Joanna Pettet (Katherine Hennessey), Jane Seymour (Marjorie Chisholm Armagh), Ann Sothern (Mrs. Finch), Robert Vaughn (Charles Desmond), Neville Brand (O’Herlihy), Pernell Roberts (Braithwaite), Joe Kapp (Strickland), Linda Kelsey (Peg), Elizabeth Cheshire (Young Bernadette), Johnny Doran (Young Joseph), Kristopher Marquis (Sean as a child), Missy Gold (Mary Armagh as a child), Beverly D’Angelo (Miss Emmy), Peter Donat (Clair Montrose), Doug Heyes Jr. (Kevin Armagh), Stefan Gierasch (Gannon), Terry Kiser (Courtney Wickersham), Clifton James (Governor Skerritt), Cliff DeYoung (Brian Armagh), Alan Hewitt (Governor Hackett), Jenny Sullivan (Honora Houlihan), Sean McClory (Boland), Richard Matheson (President Garfield), George Gaynes (Orestes Bradley), Ford Rainey (Abraham Lincoln), William Prince (Jay Regan), Ann Dusenberry (Ann-Marie), Philip Bourneuf (Father Scanlon), Cynthia Sikes (Claudia Desmond Armagh), Kermit Murdock (James Spaulding), John Herbsleb (Young Courtney), Patrick Laborteaux (Young Rory), Mills Watson (Preston), Roger Robinson (Cpl. Lincoln Douglas), Lee deBroux (Teddy Roosevelt), Robert Donner (Wounded Texan), Ken Swofford (Captain Muldoon), Stephen Coit (President McKinley), Giorgio Tozzi (Foreign Gentleman), Severn Darden (Plover), Byron Webster (William Jennings Bryan), Tracey Gold (Rosemary Armagh), Sian-Barbara Allen (Cara Leslie), Sally Kirkland (Aggie), Bill Quinn (Dr. Harris Herbert), Connie Kreski (Pearl Gray), John de Lancie (Timothy Armagh), Ted Gehring, William Bryant, Todd Martin, Martin Kove, Alex Sharp, Jack Stryker, Duane Grey, Norman Bartold, Boyd Morgan, Woody Skaggs, June Whitley Taylor, Roberta Storm, Alex Wipf, Walt Davis, James O’Connell, George Berkeley, Barbara Morrison, William Gordon, Charles H. Gray, Bernard Behrens, Charles O. Lynch, Richard Herd, Macon McCalman, George Skaff, Rod Haase, Ned Wilson, John Dennis Johnston, Eldon Quick, Sandy Ward, Terrence Locke, Walter O. Miles.

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