The President of America and the Speaker of the House are killed in the collapse of a cathedral while on a visit to Europe. The Vice-President (Lew Ayres) declines the office due to age and ill-health, leaving Senate President pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) – an unexpected fourth-in-line – who suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office.
The Man was originally filmed as part of ABC’s popular Movie Of The Week television series but was re-edited into a 93 minute, 35 mm theatrical print which received a limited release in cinemas by Paramount Pictures in July 1972.
James Earl Jones
Georg Stanford Brown
South African Consul
Secret Service Man