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Huck Finn

In this post we will examine one of Basil Rathbone’s television appearances. On November 20, 1957, CBS broadcast a teleplay called “Huck Finn,” which starred Jimmy Boyd as Huck, Basil Rathbone as the Duke, and Jack Carson as the King. An episode of the U.S. Steel Hour, it was a musical version of an episode in Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Young Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, are heading down the Mississippi River on a raft when they meet two scoundrels who pass themselves off as a King and a Duke. Jim is completely taken in by their fakery, but Huck goes along with their lies and swindles until they try to bilk the Wilks sisters. They have learned of the death of one Peter Wilks, who left a fortune in property and cash. Since Wilks has two brothers in England who are not known locally, the King and the Duke decide to pose as these brothers and claim the brothers’ portion of the inheritance.  Huck knows it …