Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mark Twain in Popular Culture

There's been talk amongst some Mark Twain House staff lately about different shows and movies that Mark Twain appears in, so I thought I would share some of them with all of you!

In this episode the characters of Star Trek travel back in time and end up meeting Mark Twain! Whoopi Goldberg also plays a part in this episode. Each clip is roughly forty minutes in length. Twain makes an appearance halfway through part one, and continues on through part two.
Star Trek, "Time's Arrow Part I"
Star Trek, "Time's Arrow Part II"

A short, five minute clip from Bonanza, where Sam Clemens travels to Nevada and tries to get a job at a newspaper. A young Sam!
Bonanza, "Enter Mark Twain"

Actor Val Kilmer is in the middle of filming a movie (he plays Mark Twain) about the relationship between Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy (the discoverer of Christian Science). The film is still in the works, but a relative of mine who works at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, MA told me that Kilmer calls the library frequently to ask a question pertaining to Eddy while still in Mark Twain character!
Val Kilmer's upcoming movie about Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy

Mark Twain makes a quick appearance in Sabrina the Teenage Witch when Sabrina needs the opinion of some famous authors on a newspaper article.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Twain is often quoted in TV and movies too! Share more movies that Mark Twain is in, or the shows that you know he has been quoted on!


"Everybody's private motto: It's better to be popular than right." -Mark Twain


BeNotForgot said...

In the 1997 Christmas Episode of Touched By An Angel, Monica tells the story of the Christmas she spent with Mark Twain in 1909.

MaL10407 said...

Also, in the movie Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey's character dresses up like Mark Twain during the Buffalo, NY Chili cooking contest!

CT said...
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CT in CT said...

In one of the earlier episode of Gilmore Girls (which takes place in Hartford) Rory quotes Twain when her grandfather takes her golfing and she says it is "a good walk spoiled".