Backstairs at the White House

Backstairs at the White House

Leslie Uggams
Director: Michael O'Herlihy Cast: Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
, Olivia Cole
Olivia Cole
, Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
Michael O'Herlihy




Based on the best-selling memoirs of Lillian Rogers Parks, the NBC miniseries Backstairs at the White House traces over five decades of American political history as witnessed from the vantage point of the servants' quarters. Played by Tania Johnson as a teenager and by Leslie Uggams as an adult, Lillian Rogers Parks served for 52 years as a maidservant at the White House. Though crippled early on with polio, Lillian diligently and loyally stuck to her duties -- and her own rock-solid set of principles and ideals -- through eight highly different Presidential administrations, often (and occasionally reluctantly) acting as friend and confidante to the First Lady of the moment. The large and stellar cast included a number of top-rank film and TV actors, obviously having the time of their lives impersonating such presidents as William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and their respective wives. Also in the cast were several African-American veterans from the landmark TV miniseries Roots. Earning 11 Emmy Award nominations, the nine-hour Backstairs at the White House was seen in five installments from January 29 to February 19, 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2012
UPC: 0054961803293
Original Release: 1979
Source: Acorn
Time: 7:24:00
Sales rank: 53,639

Special Features

Closed Caption; Companion guide with producer's notes and historical background; Photo gallery; Cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Uggams Lillian Rogers Parks
Olivia Cole Maggie Rogers
Louis Gossett Levi Mercer
Robert Hooks John Mays
Leslie Nielsen Ike Hoover
Cloris Leachman Mrs. Jaffray
Paul Winfield Emmett Rogers Sr.
Julie Harris Helen "Nellie" Taft
Victor Buono William Howard Taft
Robert Vaughn Woodrow Wilson
Kim Hunter Ellen Wilson
Claire Bloom Edith Galt Wilson
Celeste Holm Florence Harding
George Kennedy Warren G. Harding
Ed Flanders Calvin Coolidge
Lee Grant Grace Coolidge
Larry Gates Herbert Hoover
Jan Sterling Lou Hoover
Eileen Heckart Eleanor Roosevelt
John Anderson Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry Morgan Harry S. Truman
Estelle Parsons Bess Truman
Barbara Barrie Mamie Eisenhower
Andrew Duggan Dwight D. Eisenhower
Kevin Hooks Young Emmett
Tania Johnson Young Lillian
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Coates
Bill Overton Jackson
Helena Carroll Annie Gilhooley
David Downing Dixon
James A. Watson Frazer
Dana Wynter Mrs. Colgate
John Randolph Mr. Johnson
Barry Sullivan Harry Daugherty
Ford Rainey Naval Secretary
Diane Shalet Mrs. Long
Kathleen Doyle Bridget
Harrison Page Wheatley Parks
Tom Clancy Alexander Woollcott
Woodrow Parfrey Louis Howe
Richard Roat Krim
Louise Latham Miss Mesbitt
James Crittenden Roy Clayton
Bibi Besch Miss Lahan
Margaret Wakeley Mrs. Walker
Nancy Morgan Margaret Truman
Heather Angel Miss Wallace
Emmaline Henry Actor
Brendan Dillon Actor
Harry Townes Actor
Noble Willingham Actor
Bill Quinn Actor
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Actor

Technical Credits
Michael O'Herlihy Director,Producer
Gwen Bagni Screenwriter
Paul Dubov Screenwriter
Ed Friendly Executive Producer
Richard Y. Haman Art Director
Paul LaMastra Editor
Robert L. Morrison Cinematographer
Roy E. Peterson Editor
Morton Stevens Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Backstairs at the White House, Pt. 1
1. Opening Credits [2:05]
2. Ninth Inauguration [3:37]
3. Papa [7:48]
4. First Day [12:13]
5. Mrs. Taft [9:38]
6. Mr. President [6:03]
7. Making Ends Meet [14:05]
8. Lady First [7:30]
9. Third Party [8:55]
10. Waste Not, Want Not [4:22]
11. Mrs. Wilson's Visit [2:20]
12. Joined Up [7:00]
13. Suffragettes [5:41]
14. War Talk [7:03]
15. Homecoming [8:03]
16. Stroke [9:11]
17. Lincoln's Bed [8:08]
18. Royal Lessons [7:42]
19. The Hardings [9:21]
20. Next Time on Backstairs [3:49]
21. End Credits [2:05]
Disc #2 -- Backstairs at the White House, Pt. 2
1. Opening Credits [2:04]
2. The Story So Far... [3:10]
3. Return to Normalcy? [9:44]
4. New Apartment [10:10]
5. Nurse Maggie [9:13]
6. Scandal-Ridden [7:46]
7. Tragedy Strikes [5:42]
8. Annie Retires [4:00]
9. Not So Silent Cal [8:30]
10. Coolidge Boys [6:46]
11. Time of Grief [6:12]
12. Mrs. Jaffray Resigns [8:07]
13. Hoover Elected [3:33]
14. No Favoritism [10:46]
15. Next Time on Backstairs [1:39]
16. End Credits [1:01]
Disc #3 -- Backstairs at the White House, Pt. 3
1. Opening Credits [2:04]
2. The Story So Far... [3:40]
3. Hard Times [10:59]
4. Signal System [6:16]
5. Unexpected Guest [8:37]
6. New Rules [9:28]
7. The Roosevelts [10:53]
8. Louie Howe [4:25]
9. Tea With Miss Lehand [4:21]
10. Secret Wedding [5:21]
11. Pay Cut [9:06]
12. Royal Visit [2:52]
13. Thirty Years [5:42]
14. Day of Infamy [5:23]
15. Presidential Order [6:19]
16. Next Time on Backstairs [1:49]
17. End Credits [1:00]
Disc #4 -- Backstairs at the White House, Pt. 4
1. Opening Credits [1:58]
2. The Story So Far... [3:50]
3. International Guests [6:50]
4. Maggie Returns [6:53]
5. Collapsed [9:19]
6. The Trumans [13:11]
7. Part of History [4:45]
8. Move to Blair House [7:18]
9. Break From Tradition [4:20]
10. First Lady Rules [7:04]
11. Birthday Surprise [8:25]
12. Old-Timers [7:23]
13. Always There [10:54]
14. Parting Gifts [4:26]
15. End Credits [1:00]

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