Shadow of a Hero

Shadow of a Hero

Air Date: February 21, 1971

Written by: John Hawkins, B.W. Sandefur, Mel Goldberg

Directed by: Leo Penn

Guest Stars: Dean Jagger (General Ira Cloninger), Laurence Luckinbill (Freed), John Randolph (Judge), Linda Watkins (Bertha Cloninger)

Ben is shocked to learn the Army general he is backing as governor, advocates a policy of genocide towards all Indians.

Trivia: This was Dean Jagger’s first and only appearance in the series. Jagger found his niche as a character actor and the highlight of his career was winning an Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor,” in the 1949 movie Twelve O’Clock High (1949). Jagger was very taken by the character of Brigham Young, reacting warmly when his performance was praised by then President of the LDS Church, Heber J. Grant. This led to a careful study of the Mormon faith for Jagger, who was ultimately baptized a member of the faith in 1972. Subsequently, he willed his personal papers and movie memorabilia to the Harold B. Lee library at Brigham Young University.