This mini-series about the life of an Irish immigrant could easily be the story of any immigrant. The most Irish part of the story is the very beginning. In 1857, a ship arrives in New York harbor full to the gunnels with poor immigrants. Unfortunately, a fever rages onboard so no one is allowed to disembark (a foreshadowing of the coffin ships full of Irish who perished trying to escape the famine). One Irish boy, determined he will make it in America, kisses his dead mother goodbye, grabs his two younger siblings, and swims for shore. There he plays the parts required of him: hide the accent to the boss; play the paddy to other Irish immigrants; claim to be a Protestant to get a job and admit you're a Catholic to get another job. His success comes from hard work, yet he never feels accepted by the upper classes no matter how wealthy he becomes.
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Director Douglas Heyes
Writer Douglas Heyes
Cast Richard Jordan, Perry King, Patty Duke, Henry Fonda, Ray Bolger, Blair Brown, Beverly D'Angelo