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The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955 ()


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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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Dr. Sam Beckett
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Admiral Al Calavicci
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Miz Melny Trafford
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Sheriff Blount
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Willis Tyler
James Ingersoll ...
Clayton Trafford
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Nell Tyler
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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Michael Vejar

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Donald P. Bellisario ... (creator) (creator)
 
Deborah Pratt ... (written by)

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David Bellisario ... associate producer
Donald P. Bellisario ... executive producer
Jeff Gourson ... associate producer
John Hill ... supervising producer
Deborah Pratt ... co-producer
Harker Wade ... producer

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Mike Post

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Roy H. Wagner

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Mario Di Gregorio ... (as N. Mario di Gregorio)
Ron Rutberg

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Melissa Skoff

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Cameron Birnie
Peg McClellan

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Robert L. Zilliox

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Jean-Pierre Dorléac ... (as Jean-Pierre Dorleac)

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Paul Cajero ... unit production manager

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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)

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Eric A. Hulett ... set dresser
Scott Nifong ... assistant property master

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Ronald L. Collins ... sound mixer
Sam Gemette ... sound editor
Mark Hopkins McNabb ... sound mixer

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Diamond Farnsworth ... stunt coordinator

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Dale Alexander ... key grip
Bob Ivener ... dolly grip (as Robert Ivener)
Gary Huddleston ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Layton ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jerry Solomon ... gaffer (uncredited)

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Sheryl Roberts ... casting assistant

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David Rawley ... costume supervisor
Donna Roberts ... costume supervisor (as Donna Roberts-Orme)

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Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Mark Green ... music editor

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Paul Brown ... executive story editor
Lorenzo Marchessi ... production assistant
Winnie Rich ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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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  • 48 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The episode is often said to have been inspired by the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy. However, the episode first aired several months prior to the release of the movie. The movie was based on a theatrical play of the same name, so it's likely the latter was what inspired the episode. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961 (1989). See more »
Soundtracks We Shall Overcome 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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