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Series
With Ossie and Ruby
Episode Number
No. 202
Episode
A Solo Song for Doc
Producing Organization
Emmalyn Productions
KERA
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-2j6833nx2p
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Description
Episode Description
"The program presents the television adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Alan McPherson's dramatic short story ['A solo song for Doc' from Hue and Cry] of a black dining-car waiter during the 1940s who is being forced to retire by the railroad company he has long and faithfully served."--1982 Peabody Awards entry form. Roscoe Lee Browne serves as a narrator and participant in the story. The narrator talks about him and his black coworkers finally being able to join the union and how the company tried to push them out. Ossie Davis plays the lead role of Doc, the head waiter of the train's dining car. The narrator talks with Doc about the future of the railroads and Doc's love for his job. The company offers a full pension and to pay for a retirement party for Doc, but he refuses. Anthony Zerbe plays the railroad inspector assigned to find error with Doc's service in order to force him into retirement and replace him with a white employee. Bill McGhee plays a younger seasonal black waiter.
Broadcast Date
1982
Created Date
1982-03-25
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:29:56.495
Credits
Producing Organization: Emmalyn Productions
Producing Organization: KERA
Producing Organization: Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-436c8673fd9 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:28:52
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Citations
Chicago: “With Ossie and Ruby; No. 202; A Solo Song for Doc,” 1982, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed March 1, 2024, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2j6833nx2p.
MLA: “With Ossie and Ruby; No. 202; A Solo Song for Doc.” 1982. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. March 1, 2024. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2j6833nx2p>.
APA: With Ossie and Ruby; No. 202; A Solo Song for Doc. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-2j6833nx2p