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The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 

As the black chauffeur of an elderly southern woman, Sam must overcome prejudice to prevent the death of a black woman.

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Admiral Al Calavicci
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Sheriff Blount
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Willis Tyler
James Ingersoll ...
Clayton Trafford
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Michael Kruger ...
Billy Joe Bob
Jeff Tyler ...
Toad
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Miz Patty
Elyse Donalson ...
Nurse Ethel
Howard Matthew Johnson ...
Jesse Tyler (as Howard Johnson)
Christopher J. Keene ...
Doctor
J.T. Solomon ...
Effie
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Storyline

Sam leaps into the body of an elderly black man, Jesse Tyler, in the US South. It's 1955 and racism is institutionalized. Not realizing initially that he is black, Sam commits a major error when he takes a seat in the local diner, raising the ire of a couple of local rednecks. Sam learns that Jesse is chauffeur to Miss Melny Trafford, a highly respected local citizen. The US civil rights movement has yet to begin, but Sam decides he's going to take action. Written by garykmcd

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3 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the original history, Miss Melanie Trafford was killed when her car was struck by a train at 5:18pm on August 9, 1955. See more »

Goofs

The car that is run off the road and wrecked appears in a later scene, intact and parked on the side of the street in town. See more »

Quotes

[Sam and Miz Melny are discussing civil rights issues]
Miz Melny: Nobody's gonna change the way things are.
Sam: But they will. Blacks are gonna unite...
Miz Melny: "Blacks"?
Sam: Blacks. That's what they'll- That's what we'll be called instead of Negroes.
Miz Melny: What's in God's name's wrong with being called a Negro?
Sam: Maybe it's just a little too close to nigger.
Miz Melny: [sternly] I've *never* used that word, Jesse. Not to your face or behind your back.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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We Shall Overcome
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Written by Charles Albert Tindley
Performed by Dean Stockwell
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