Mark Twain Ephemera


Original Pilot's Certificate of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) "On the Mississippi River to and from St. Louis and New Orleans" Given by the Inspectors for the District of St. Louis on the 9th day of April 1859 approximately 8 x 12 inches

from the collection of The Mariner's Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606


Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! (1967 TV Special)
6 March 1967
Vining Productions, CBS
88 minutes Available on DVD

Recreating the one-man show he starred in on Broadway, Hal Holbrook portrays Mark Twain as a 70-year old humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots in this 90 minute monologue.

Holbrook adapted Twain's own words for a commentary on slavery, religion and politics, mixing the satire with comic yarns about life on the Mississippi and a very effective ghost story.

The show's highlight are the lengthy passages from "Huckleberry Finn".

- David Bassler



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