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Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Based on the classic novel "The adventures of Tom Sawyer" comes the newest adaptation of this timeless tale. Tom Sawyer has nothing but pranks and mischief on his mind, but luckily his fearless friend Huck Finn loves adventure as much as he does. When the daring duo witness trouble in a graveyard, Tom and Huck are thrown head-first into adventure, putting their courage to the test!
2015; 2014
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Mark Twain: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Traces Twain's meteoric rise from his humble birth in Florida, Missouri, to his prosperous 50th birthday in Hartford, Connecticut, when he was the nation's best-selling author. It follows young Sam Clemens to the small Mississippi River town of Hannibal, where he would store up a lifetime's worth of memories that would later populate his novels; his glorious time as a riverboat pilot; and his adventures in Nevada and California, where he failed as a prospector before finding his calling - and adopting his new pen name - as a reporter.
2005; 2001

Mark Twain: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Follows Clemens from his 50th birthday to his death at age 75, including material probably less well-known - but equally illuminating - about Twain's life: his lavish lifestyle in Hartford, where he tried to provide his wife and daughters with everything that had been missing from his own upbringing; his financial assistance to a young African-American law student at Yale; and his compulsive speculation in stocks and inventions that ultimately lead to bankruptcy, humiliation, and self-imposed exile in Europe.
2005; 2001

The West: Episode 4 Death Runs Riot [electronic resource]

In the 1850's, more American pioneers moved west, bringing with them slavery and the sparks that would ignite the Civil War. Tactics that had defeated the armies of the South would then begin to be used against the Native Americans of the West.
2005; 1996

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [electronic resource]: Understanding a Classic

Few works in American literature address issues as timeless as those explored in Mark Twain's controversial novel, Huckleberry Finn. In this program, three scholars, including noted Twain biographer Justin Kaplan, examine the work and its various themes-race, cruelty, consequences of greed, meaning of civilization, and the nature of freedom. The author's life is traced from his days as a printer's apprentice, riverboat pilot, and journalist, to renowned author. Twain scholars Shelley Fisher Fishkin and David Lionel Smith discuss African-American influences from Twain's childhood that are reflected in the work, and suggest that these references, misinterpreted by readers, form the basis for charges that Twain was a racist. Incidents from his life, including his vehement anti-slavery a [...]
2005; 1998

Mark Twain [electronic resource]: A Concise Biography

This program from the Famous Authors series provides an overview of Mark Twain's life and work, starting with life in nineteenth century Hannibal, Missouri, Twain's childhood home and a major influence on his writing, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain started writing as a newspaper employee in Hannibal, and he joined a militia group there early during the Civil War. He soon lost interest in the Southern cause, however, and moved west, getting familiar with the lifestyle of gold miners. Continuing to write stories and for papers, Twain gained a reputation for his wit and talent.
2011; 2005

Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [electronic resource]

Seems like a simple enough storyline, considering it became one of the most significant, beloved, acclaimed, and studied novels ever written. This classic motion picture is the definitive adaptation of Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - splendidly filmed, lovingly produced for PBS's American Playhouse, with an acclaimed all-star cast, and presented in an unedited, full-length version. With this boy, on his raft, along this river flows the story of a country, a people, and a friendship. And in the wondrous adventures, one finds the joy, the lessons, and the spirit that is America itself.

Mark Twain's the Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg [electronic resource]

Hadleyburg has a reputation for unshakable honesty. The smug townspeople are proud of this virtue and keep themselves honest by simply avoiding temptation. That is until "the man that corrupted Hadleyburg" arrives in town. Robert Preston stars as the stranger who plots a revenge on the hypocritical residents by promising a fortune to the citizens who once showed him charity many years before. One by one the stranger tempts the leading citizens to scheme for the money - until Hadleyburg's honest reputation is mud before the world. Based on one of Twain's best-known short stories, Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is a cynical yet humorous view of life in America's small towns - a life that the acerbic Mr. Twain knew only too well. Also starring Fred Gwynne.

Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson [electronic resource]

America's magnificent storyteller Mark Twain has crafted an intriguing and classic tale of mistaken identity, deceit, and murder. At the center of it all is a slave woman who cradle-switches her master's son with her own light-skinned baby...a child, though raised as white, who never fulfills her hopes and dreams for him as he becomes an arrogant and cruel man. Acclaimed actor Ken Howard (Crossing Jordan, The White Shadow) stars as the local lawyer unraveling the mystery. Also starring Steven Webber.

Mark Twain [electronic resource]: A Musical Biography

Samuel Clemens was a printer, a Mississippi River pilot, a Confederate soldier, a miner, a reporter, a lecturer, an editor, a humorist, a businessman, a publisher, a devoted husband and father, quite possibly in his time the most recognizable man in the world, and, of course, one of the greatest American writers who ever lived: Mark Twain. From novel to short story, from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," his works became world-renowned, and perhaps more that any other writer Twain became synonymous with the zest for life, the wit, the humor, and the colorful human portraits that are the embodiment of the American spirit. Mark Twain: A Musical Biography presents his fascinating life story, beautifully realized in this entertaining evening hailed [...]

Mark Twain [electronic resource]: His Amazing Adventures

He was a great American original, a gifted and irreverent storyteller whose portrayal of a wild young nation captured the imagination of the world. This episode of Biography revisits the jam-packed life of a literary giant, from his carefree boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to the devastating tragedies of his later life. Rare photographs, expert interviews, and excerpts from the stories that made him a legend in his own time bring his astonishing story to life. Steamboat pilot, Confederate Army deserter, travel writer, failed publisher, ill-starred investor, comic lecturer, social critic, family man, and author extraordinaire - Mark Twain was all of these, and more?

Another Telepathic Thing

This video is a filmed performance of Big Dance Theater's Another Telepathic Thing which is inspired by Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger" and combines text from actual auditions.