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Captains and the Kings 

Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.
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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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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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English

Release Date:

30 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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| (9 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The story follows an Irish immigrant's rise from poverty to power. Though set a generation earlier, it is obviously inspired by the Kennedy clan with Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh [Richard Jordan] in the role of clan patriarch Joeseph Kennedy. Some of the parallels include Armagh as a blockade runner during the Civil War - Kennedy was reputed to be a rum-runner. Armagh married a senator's daughter - Kennedy married a Boston mayor's daughter. Armagh lost a son in the Spanish American War - Kennedy a son in World War II. Armagh's daughter was brain damaged in a horse-riding accident - Kennedy's daughter was born mentally handicapped. Both Armagh and Kennedy had sons assassinated while running for president. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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One of the best "family saga" miniseries.
10 April 2006 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

I really can't say enough about it here, because I've been hugely attached to it since it came out. There are several reasons to watch it - along with the "historical romance" reasons, there are the political ideas (which are that much bigger in the novel, but a very big part of this TV version). Whether it's borderline "conspiracy" thinking (with "those men" who influence everything) or not, those ideas have influenced plenty of my political thinking. (Partly because of this story, I always think the phrase "opportune little war" when I hear about ANY given war- and quite some time BEFORE the past three years.) Richard Jordan was just great as Joseph, an Irish character who hardly fits any of the images of Irishmen (even the positive ones), who's almost completely "cool", and whose emotions don't come out (in a big way) except in certain dramatic scenes, like the scenes with Catherine or Tom (for opposite reasons). There isn't enough room to mention all the best actors and characters, or scenes, but there's Perry King as Rory Armagh, Patty Duke Astin as Bernadette (I think someone here mentioned how great she was as a tragic character, and she won an Emmy for it, very deservedly), Jane Seymour as Margery, Cliff DeYoung as Brian Armagh, the aviator-film-maker etc., with his star Pearl Gray (Pearl White), Vic Morrow, who was extremely good as Tom Hennesey (and whom you really feel sorry for in that last scene with him, in spite of everything he's done), Beverly D'Angelo as Miss Emmy, Charles Durning as Big Ed Healy (I don't know if he's ever played a more entertaining character), and Harvey Jason as Harry Zeff. As far as I know, he's mainly a supporting actor in comedies, and you see that in his "sidekick" kind of relationship with Joseph, but of course with other levels to it - the scene where Joseph accuses Harry of being disloyal to him, which is the one kind of talk Harry can't stand to hear from him, and the scene where Joseph turns his back on blackmailing the senator, and Harry is glad for all three of them (not knowing what's coming next). And of course, the big guest stars, like John Houseman as Mr. Chisholm and Henry Fonda as Senator Bassett (two of the best scenes). Again, I could go on and on, but it's simply a very underrated story, as far as I know (in spite of the Emmy). Though to me, underrated is putting it pretty mildly.


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