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The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish (1977)

A dramatization of the events leading up to the 1935 assassination of Huey Long, the flamboyant and controversial governor of Louisiana.


Robert L. Collins
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Huey P. Long
Nicholas Pryor ... Manners
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ... Rose Long
Fredric Cook ... Earl Long
Dorrie Kavanaugh Dorrie Kavanaugh ... Alice Grosjean
Gary Allen Gary Allen ... J.R.
Donegan Smith Donegan Smith ... Harley Bozeman
Stanley J. Reyes Stanley J. Reyes ... Seymour Weiss
Rod Masterson Rod Masterson ... Murphy Roden
Steven Ramay Steven Ramay ... Russell Long
Jake Staples Jake Staples ... O.K. Allen
Wilbur Swartz Wilbur Swartz ... Gerald L.K. Smith
Tom Alden Tom Alden ... Dr. Vidrine
Edward Hoerner Edward Hoerner ... Dr. Rives
Jean Mayre Jean Mayre ... Sister Michael


A dramatization of the events leading up to the 1935 assassination of Huey Long, the flamboyant and controversial governor of Louisiana.

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Release Date:

21 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Every Man a King See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene showing Huey and his future wife Rose McConnell meeting at a baking contest in Shreveport did happen, but it was in the summer of 1910 when Rose was 18 and Huey was 16 or 17. Great performance by the actors, and the scene where Huey boldly steals a kiss from Rose at her family's home afterwards is sweet - even though they clearly aren't teenagers. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ed Asner/The Kinks (1984) See more »

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Excellent Background and Atmosphere
14 June 2004 | by lasunshinebrSee all my reviews

Excellent background and great atmosphere. I was extra in this film and noticed the background was authentic. I felt I went on trip even though it was in my own neighborhood. Times sure have changed. Wardrobe was authentic and gave feel to the story. Setting is very important to a story and plot. Acting was excellent and authentic. Also, learned quite a bit of history from it. Life as it really was in the 30s. Every detail noticed. I was in funeral scene at Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda, the scene in parking lot in front of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital right across from Lake from State Capitol, and an "Arkansas Political Rally" with character, female Senator from Arkansas there.

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