A slave switches her light-skinned baby with her master's baby. The child grows up raised by whites.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lise Hilboldt ... Roxana
... Pudd'nhead Wilson
James Pritchett ... Traynor
... Creech
Susan McWilliams ... Lucy
Kenneth Bethany ... Minister
... Judge Mark Driscoll
Scotty Bloch ... Mrs. Driscoll
... Tom Driscoll
Rachel Longaker ... Rowena
Preston Maybank ... Chambers
Jack Hallett ... Philo Bartley
... Angelo Cappella (as Nameer El-Kadi)
Lori Kerfoot ... Effie Howard
... Angeline Howard


A slave switches her light-skinned baby with her master's baby. The child grows up raised by whites.

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24 January 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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An uncommonly fine TV adaptation
25 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes watching an older film leaves you hoping that the people who made it knew how good their work was. This adaptation of Twain improves upon the original in several respects, while honoring Twain's cold-blooded satire of the slave-owning culture in which he grew up. The care and detailed thinking behind this production is evident on every hand, right down to some beautifully-cast minor roles (Scotty Bloch's aunt, for one). At its center is a gutsy, singular actress, Lise Hilboldt. How could those making films in the early '80's not have noticed they had a major talent here, and created work to use it?

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