TV Tuesday: Beggarman Thief 1979

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Forty years ago, today, Part I of the mini-series Beggarman, Thief aired on NBC. Based on the novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw, it was the sequel to the novel and mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man that aired from February through March 1976 on ABC. An additional sequel, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II aired from September 1976 to March 1977, also on ABC but, was not based on the actual sequel novel.

Directed by Lawrence Doheny, it starred (in credit order) Jean Simmons, Glenn Ford, Lynn Redgrave, Tovah Feldshuh and Andrew Stevens.

From IMDB:

This sequel to “Rich Man, Poor Man” is set in the ’60s and focuses on wannabe Hollywood filmmaker Gretchen, black-sheep Army officer Billy and, Billy’s cousin Wesley, who’s tracking his father’s killer in France.

From TCM:

The two-part, four-hour sequel to Irwin Shaw’s “Rich Man, Poor Man” and the vastly successful mini-series made from it (and the subsequent, less-successful short-lived series, “Rich Man, Poor Man Book II,” during the 1976-77 season). Moviemaker Gretchen Jordache, the sister not seen in either of the predecessors, strives to pull the family together after the murder of brother Tom (in the mini-series) and the disappearance of brother Rudy (in the later series), by first re-establishing contact with her soldier son and, then, patching things up with her sister-in-law, Kate, Tom’s widow.

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5 thoughts on “TV Tuesday: Beggarman Thief 1979

    badfinger20 said:
    November 27, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    I remember commercials for Rich Man, Poor Man back then but not this one. I love the bumper video.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      November 27, 2019 at 2:32 AM

      I vaguely remember the Rich Man, Poor Man hype. I was 10. I don’t remember this sequel at all. I do remember the “other”, non-canon sequel.

        badfinger20 said:
        November 27, 2019 at 9:31 AM

        From what I remember Rich Man, Poor Man was very soap opera ish.

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    November 27, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    I think I’ve seen this a long time ago. I guess my mum must have been watching it.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      November 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM

      I was 10 when Rich Man, Poor Man aired. I don’t honestly remember this one. 🤔

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