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Talking Hands - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 32 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John Clayton, (Director) ; John Clayton, (Screenwriter) ; Ruth - Patty Duke, (cast) ; Rodney - Peter Lazer, (cast) ; Mother - Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Aunt Beth - Anne Ives, (cast) ; Instructor - Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Student President - Wayne Robertson, (cast)
Ruth's class plans a show of talent. She half-heartedly decides to embroider a sampler, but is convinced she can't do anything with her hands. Rodney, her cousin, plans to work on a rock exhibit, confidently expecting to win. Ruth's Great-Aunt Beth, who is deaf and mute, is an unexpected vistor to her home. Ruth yearns for some way to communicate with her. She decides to learn sign language, but tells no one of her plans. She struggles practicing alone and with an instructor at the Institute for the deaf. Ruth feels clumsy, and is also trying to balance helping Rodney with his exhibit. On the night before the show of talent, Ruth decides to try out the language with her aunt and they slowly spell out words together. This makes Ruth and her aunt happy, but Ruth ends up breaking her hand as an open window falls on her hand as she tries to close the window. Ruth misses the show of talent, but Rodney tells her the principal told the class about her trying to talk with her Aunt Beth, and that he called her the queen of talents!
Topics: Stewardship; Talents
ID: BT-013-hands