Lives of Ben Franklin

1974, TV Show


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Premiered: November 21, 1974, on CBS
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Premise: An ambitious chronicle of Benjamin Franklin's remarkable career, portrayed by five actors at various stages in his long life. It aired during the run-up to the Bicentennial. Episodes were penned by Howard Fast and Loring Mandel, and had a superlative cast that included Melvyn Douglas, Richard Widmark, and Lloyd and Beau Bridges. It won Emmys for limited series, writing, art direction and music.


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