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"Quantum Leap" The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 (1989)

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Quantum Leap: Season 1: Episode 7 -- Sam (Scott Bakula) experiences racism firsthand when he leaps into the body of an elderly black man in the pre-civil rights South of 1955. Guest star: Susan French. With Dean Stockwell.


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Original Air Date:
3 May 1989 (Season 1, Episode 7)
As the black chauffeur of an elderly southern woman, Sam must overcome prejudice to prevent the death of a black woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Scott Bakula ... Dr. Sam Beckett

Dean Stockwell ... Admiral Al Calavicci

Susan French ... Miz Melny Trafford

Royce D. Applegate ... Sheriff Blount

Michael D. Roberts ... Willis Tyler
James Ingersoll ... Clayton Trafford

Kimberly Bailey ... Nell Tyler
Michael Kruger ... Billy Joe Bob
Jeff Tyler ... Toad

Jane Abbott ... Miz Patty
Elyse Donalson ... Nurse Ethel
Howard Matthew Johnson ... Jesse Tyler (as Howard Johnson)
Christopher J. Keene ... Doctor
J.T. Solomon ... Effie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Deborah Pratt ... Narrator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Vejar 
Writing credits
Donald P. Bellisario (created by)

Donald P. Bellisario (written by)

Deborah Pratt  written by

Produced by
David Bellisario .... associate producer
Donald P. Bellisario .... executive producer
Jeff Gourson .... associate producer
John Hill .... supervising producer
Deborah Pratt .... co-producer
Harker Wade .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Roy H. Wagner 
Film Editing by
Mario Di Gregorio  (as N. Mario di Gregorio)
Ron Rutberg 
Casting by
Melissa Skoff 
Art Direction by
Cameron Birnie 
Peg McClellan 
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac  (as Jean-Pierre Dorleac)
Production Management
Paul Cajero .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dillon .... key second assistant director
Mark Hansson .... dga trainee
Bruce Humphrey .... first assistant director (as Bruce A. Humphrey)
Robert Villar .... second assistant director (as Roberto Villar)
Art Department
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser
Scott Nifong .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Ronald L. Collins .... sound mixer
Sam Gemette .... sound editor
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... sound mixer
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Robert Ivener .... dolly grip
Gary Huddleston .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Layton .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jerry Solomon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sheryl Roberts .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Rawley .... costume supervisor
Donna Roberts .... costume supervisor (as Donna Roberts-Orme)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Mark Green .... music editor
Other crew
Paul Brown .... executive story editor
Lorenzo Marchessi .... production assistant
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Cullum (episode "All-Americans")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald P. Bellisario  created by

Produced by
Donald P. Bellisario .... executive producer (episode "Glitter Rock") (episode "Heart of a Champion") (episode "Hunting Will We Go, A") (episode "Piano Man") (episode "Private Dancer") (episode "Runaway")
Paul Brown .... co-producer (episode "Future Boy") (episode "Glitter Rock") (episode "Heart of a Champion") (episode "Hunting Will We Go, A") (episode "Last Dance Before An Execution") (episode "Piano Man") (episode "Private Dancer") (episode "Runaway")
Scott Ejercito .... associate producer
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... co-executive producer (1992-93)
Joanne Oboyski .... assistant associate producer (as Joanne Oboyski-Battelene)
Deborah Pratt .... co-executive producer (episode "Private Dancer")
Chris Ruppenthal .... producer (episode "Glitter Rock") (episode "Heart of a Champion") (episode "Hunting Will We Go, A") (episode "Last Dance Before An Execution") (episode "Piano Man") (episode "Private Dancer") (episode "Runaway")
Scott Shepherd .... supervising producer (1989-1990)
Cinematography by
Henry M. Lebo (4 episodes 1990)
Robert Primes (1992-1993)
Film Editing by
Craig Holt 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Saint Anne 
Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (episode "Shock Theater - 2nd October 1954") (as Ron Grow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hansson .... dga trainee (7 episodes 1989)
John Slosser .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... lead man
Evan Jacobs .... specialty props
Douglas Miller .... specialty props
John Riley .... specialty props
George Tuers .... property master
Jon Warren .... specialty props
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant sound editor
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
William Hooper .... sound editor
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... assistant sound editor (pilot episode) (as Lisa Shaw)
Visual Effects by
Mark Burnett .... visual effects video assistant
Roger Dorney .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Milne .... visual effects
William Powloski .... effects animator
Joseph Yanuzzi .... assistant editor: Apogee, Inc.
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Nick Brett .... stunt rigger
Laura Dash .... stunt double
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts
Steven Ito .... stunt performer
Terry James .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Shawn Lane .... stunt double: John Snyder
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Joseph Michael Roth .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Jill Terashita .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Matt Ramirez .... first assistant camera
Matt Ramirez .... photographer: second unit
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor (1993)
Katina Le Kerr .... costume supervisor (as Katina Kerr)
Kim Myer .... costumer (as Kim McClellen)
Editorial Department
Bruce Gorman .... assistant editor
Robert Hudson .... assistant editor
Jim Thomson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Bret Culpepper .... stand-in
Jill Gable .... production assistant
Betty Green .... title designer
Carolyn Hayes .... production auditor
Steve Hinton .... pilot
Beth Humphreys .... legal supervisor
Harriet Margulies .... production assistant
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

48 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Miss Melanie's husband Charles Trafford served as the Governor of Alabama prior to his death in 1947.See more »
Factual errors: Miss Melanie claims that August 8, 1955 is a Saturday. In actuality, it was a Monday.See more »
Miz Melny Trafford:[Being attended] What are you doin'?
Dr. Sam Beckett:I'm just checkin' to see if you're all right.
Miz Melny Trafford:Since when did you get a medical degree?
Dr. Sam Beckett:Well, I've done some doctoring in my time.
Miz Melny Trafford:Well, I'll thank you to please keep your colored voodoo to yourself!
See more »
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We Shall OvercomeSee more »


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