A happy double dose of hirsute, manly beefcake came by way of stalwart Hugh O'Brian as Corey's chief military strategist and Daniel J. Travanti as Kern's older brother. O'Brian had been a star since the 1950s on TV and in movies and, though he'd been kicking around Hollywood since the early-'60s, Travanti wouldn't become truly famous until Hill Street Blues (1981-1987.)
Likewise, the macho O'Brian struts around in a thigh-length tunic with breastplate.
That was John Lazar, one of the stars of 1970's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in which he played an outrageous and dangerous wacko. He later worked for that film's director (Russ Meyer) again in 1975's Supervixens (with nothing more on screen in between), claiming that his bizarre role in Beyond caused his movie career to come to a screeching halt. By comparison to many of his roles, this one as a Palestine general was downright benign.
Two other familiar faces include stage actor H.M. Wynant, who worked on a monumental number of TV shows and movies over the past sixty years, and Charles Siebert, who costarred on Trapper John, M.D. from 1979 to 1986 as the persnickety Dr. Riverside. Despite having a moderately prominent role, Siebert is not billed in the credits of the actual program or even listed at imdb.com for this!
The sons are as follows: Sam Weisman (of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, 1977, fame!), Jay Hammer (then near the dawn of his acting career) and Bill Adler (who was known as the costar in many teen sexploitation romps!) Weisman wisely went into directing, Hammer enjoyed a long, popular run on Guiding Light and Adler left the business in 1981 to develop a leather goods business.
At the ceremony, Plumb's hair is done up with sprigs of wildflowers while Hammer sports the popular feathered look of the day! He is, by the way, very handsome here and engaging. Regardless of his soap opera popularity (which was a bit lost on me because I never really watched Guiding Light), he used to annoy the hell out of me on game shows such as The $25,000 Pyramid thanks to a manic nature and a seemingly endless array of horrible hats, fedora and otherwise!
The ark is shown being built and loaded down with the animals, two-by-two, and, especially in the shot on the left, it looks like they might actually be throwing a little dough at this episode in order to make an impression.
And they had the nerve to say that my beloved S.S. Poseidon looked like a boat in a bathtub? This is really dreadful miniature work. It borders on a king sized Snickers bar being dropped in the pool as a prank! LOL