The Survivors

The Survivors

This was a glamorous and expensively filmed soap created by Harold Robbins when he was at the height of his success as a best selling author [The Carpetbaggers and The Adventurers]. Due to these books having popular and successful film adaptions, ABC asked him to come up with a rich family saga that was glamorous and international. The result starred Lana Turner and was notable for the debut of Jan Michael Vincent as her son. Filming was begun based on Robbins' treatment/scripts, and then it was scrapped [including extensive location footage shot on the Riviera], and it was rescripted and shot without his involvement.

Also different about this production was the show was 45 minutes long, the first of a pair of 45 minute show, in the hopes that ABC might keep viewers from switching channels when Lana's vehicle ended. The project failed and was cancelled after 12 episodes.

Episode Info

Final: 1x14 -- Chapter 14 (Jan/12/1970)

Lana TurnerLana Turner
As Tracy Carlyle Hastings
George HamiltonGeorge Hamilton
As Duncan Carlyle
Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy
As Philip Hastings
Ralph BellamyRalph Bellamy
As Baylor Carlyle
Jan-Michael VincentJan-Michael Vincent
As Jeffrey Hastings
Diana MuldaurDiana Muldaur
As Belle
Louis HaywardLouis Hayward
As Jonathan Carlyle
Louise SorelLouise Sorel
As Jean Vale
Michael Bell (1)Michael Bell (1)
As Corbett
Natalie SchaferNatalie Schafer
As Eleanor Carlyle

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Executive Producer: Walter Doniger
Producer: Richard Caffey, William Frye, Gordon Oliver
Associate Producer: Michael Gleason, John Wilder
Editor: Jack Kaufman (1)
Costume Designer: Luis Estevez, Nolan Miller
Based On The Works Of: Harold Robbins
Cinematographer: William Margulies

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