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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.

Director:

Michael Vejar

Writers:

Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Deborah Pratt
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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 James Ingersoll ... Clayton Trafford
Kimberly Bailey ... Nell Tyler
Michael Kruger Michael Kruger ... Billy Joe Bob
Jeff Tyler Jeff Tyler ... Toad
Jane Abbott ... Miz Patty
Elyse Donalson Elyse Donalson ... Nurse Ethel
Howard Matthew Johnson Howard Matthew Johnson ... Jesse Tyler (as Howard Johnson)
Christopher J. Keene Christopher J. Keene ... Doctor
J.T. Solomon 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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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

Al says that he was a civil rights activist. But when he sings the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome", he sings "Deep in my arms". The lyric is "Deep in my heart". See more »

Quotes

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!
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Soundtracks

We Shall Overcome
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Albert Tindley
Performed by Dean Stockwell
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