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“Palmerstown USA” (March 20, 1980 – June 1981)

promo_PUSA_cast_02BRIEF SERIES DESCRIPTION

Set during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, two young boys, one black, one white, become close friends. This causes conflict in the rural, southern town in which they inhabit.

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GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

GENRE: Drama
SETTING: A small, rural, southern town
STATION: CBS
AIR DATES: March 20, 1980 – June 9, 1981
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 17
NORMAL RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

CREATORS: Alex Haley & Norman Lear
PRODUCERS: Alex Haley, Ron Rubin & Michael Weisbarth
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Norman Lear
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Haley/T.A.T.
DISTRIBUTOR: CBS Television
FILM EDITORS: Bernard Balmuth, Jack Horger, Bert Lovitt & Peter Parasheles
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joseph M. Wilcots
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: James D. Bissell
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Al Shackman
COSTUME DESIGNER: Donna Roberts
FILMLING LOCATION: Golden Oak Ranch; Newhall, CA (USA)

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Bessie Freeman…Jonelle Allen
Luther Freeman…Bill Duke
Dina Freeman…Star-Shemah Bobatoon
Booker T. Freeman…Jermain Hodge Johnson
W.D. Hall…Beeson Carroll
Coralee Hall…Janice St. John
Willy-Joe Hall…Michael J. Fox
David Hall…Brian Godfrey Wilson
The Sheriff…Kenneth White
Widder Brown…Iris Korn (1981)
Roy…George ‘Buck’ Flower

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AWARDS

Emmy Awards. 1980

NOMINEE: James D. Bissell & Bill Webb
CATEGORY: Outstanding Art Direction for a Series
RESULT: Won

Emmy Awards, 1981

NOMINEE: Bernard Balmuth
CATEGORY: Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for a Series: “Crossroads”
RESULT: Nominated
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NOMINEE: Louis Gossett Jr.
CATEGORY: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: “Future City ”
RESULT: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Trivia

This series is somewhat auto-biographical for Alex Haley. He grew up in an integrated southern town during the Depression and had a close friend who happened to be white.The title of the show was changed from Palmerstown U.S.A. to Palmerstown in March 1981.

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“Palmerstown USA” Episode Guide

Back to “Palmerstown USA” The episodes are listed in air date order. I have never seen this series and therefore do not have any plot descriptions of individual episodes. If you have seen this series and would like to submit any information, please contact me. Season 1 PRODUCTION NUMBER :: 101 & 102 EPISODE TITLE …

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