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Rich Man, Poor Man

Part I: Chapters 1 and 2 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | 120 min | Drama

Story begins at VE Day celebration at the school where elder son of a German immigrant, Rudy Jordache is a student. Younger brother, Tom, is also in attendance, but leaves when it is too "corny" for him and his friend. Tom gets into a ...See moreStory begins at VE Day celebration at the school where elder son of a German immigrant, Rudy Jordache is a student. Younger brother, Tom, is also in attendance, but leaves when it is too "corny" for him and his friend. Tom gets into a fight with a soldier and later sneaks home through a window. Julie (Rudy's girl), wants to get married but will settle for "living in sin" with him in New York while she tries for an acting career. Rudy, however, has applied for a grant to Whitby College. They meet Mr. Boylan, who is her mother's boss, and it's quite obvious he is taken with Julie, as is his brother, Tom. After setting a fire at Boylan's greenhouse, Tom is sent away and Rudy is going to Whitby after all. In California at Uncle Harold's, Tom falls in love with the housekeeper. Julie gets a small part in a Broadway play, where Rudy goes to see her and finds her with a married man. Rudy gets his father to agree to give him $3000 to set up a business but his father has to use that money to bail out Tom. Mr. Jordache tells Tom he never wants to see him again. Rudy is forced befriend the daughter of his rich boss to see if he'll back the business. Mr. Jordache leaves home. Written by anonymous See less
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Writers
Dean Riesner (teleplay) | Irwin Shaw (novel)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Feb 1, 1976

Release date
Feb 1, 1976 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Peter Strauss
Rudy Jordache Rudy Jordache   See fewer
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Nick Nolte
Tom Jordache Tom Jordache   See fewer
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Susan Blakely
Julie Prescott Julie Prescott   See fewer
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Edward Asner
Axel Jordache Axel Jordache   See fewer
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Dick Butkus
Al Fanducci Al Fanducci   See fewer
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Gloria Grahame
Sue Prescott Sue Prescott   See fewer
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Mike Evans
Arnold Simms Arnold Simms   See fewer
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Dorothy McGuire
Mary Jordache Mary Jordache   See fewer
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Robert Reed
Teddy Boylan Teddy Boylan   See fewer
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Dennis Dugan
Claude Tinker Claude Tinker   See fewer
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Frank Aletter
Mr. Tinker Mr. Tinker   See fewer
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Nicholas Hammond
Walters Walters   See fewer
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Josette Banzet
Miss Lenaut Miss Lenaut   See fewer
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Aneta Corsaut
Miss Erdlatz Miss Erdlatz   See fewer
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Mike Baird
Buddy Buddy   See fewer
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James Ingersoll
Talbott Hughes Talbott Hughes   See fewer
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Martin Ashe
Martin (as Martin Ash) Martin (as Martin Ash)   See fewer
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Bernie Kuby
Postman Postman   See fewer
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Jeff Chamberlain
Corporal Corporal   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

8 / 10 | 53 votes