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Chapter V 

Joseph Armagh's attempted blackmail of an upstanding senator results in suicide and a lasting curse.


Allen Reisner


Taylor Caldwell (novel), Stephen Karpf (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Joseph Armagh
Perry King ... Rory Armagh
Patty Duke ... Bernadette Hennessey Armagh (as Patty Duke Astin)
Blair Brown ... Elizabeth Healey Hennessey
Henry Fonda ... Sen. Enfield Bassett
Stefan Gierasch ... Gannon
Burl Ives ... Old Syrup
Harvey Jason ... Harry Zieff
Terry Kiser ... Courtney Wickersham
Jane Seymour ... Marjorie Chisholm Armagh
Robert Vaughn ... Charles Desmond
Doug Heyes Jr. Doug Heyes Jr. ... Kevin Armagh (as Douglas Heyes Jr.)
Cynthia Sikes ... Claudia Desmond
John Herbsleb John Herbsleb ... Young Courtney
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Young Rory (as Patrick Laborteaux)


Joseph Armagh's attempted blackmail of an upstanding senator results in suicide and a lasting curse.

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4 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Henry Fonda and Perry King
19 June 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The fifth chapter of CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS introduces Perry King as Joseph Armagh's eldest son Rory, being groomed to become the first Irish American President of the United States, if he can survive the violent hazing he receives in college, simply because he's Irish. Joseph's long suffering wife Bernadette (Patty Duke) finally learns that her own stepmother, Elizabeth Hennessey (Blair Brown), is the woman having a discreet affair with her husband, confronting her with knowledge that the child she bore was actually fathered by Tom Hennessey years before he wed her, Bernadette reduced to tears to find that Joseph is already aware of all the facts (this may be the one episode that helped earn Patty a well deserved Emmy for her heart wrenching performance). By far the standout sequence features the legendary Henry Fonda as upstanding senator Enfield Bassett, whose bill to protect alien rights is opposed by the fearsome Joseph Armagh, resorting to blackmail to squash it with his knowledge of Bassett's mulatto grandmother born a slave; the senator's subsequent suicide, and the curse he places on Armagh, will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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