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Robert Downey Sr. (written by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1969 (USA) See more »
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The Truth and Soul Movie See more »
Plot:
Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Stan Gottlieb ... Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)

Allen Garfield ... Elias, Jr.
Archie Russell ... Joker
Ramon Gordon ... Bissinger
Bert Lawrence ... Hawker
Joe Madden ... Mr. Syllables (as Joe Engler)
Arnold Johnson ... Putney
David Kirk ... Elias, Sr.
Don George ... Mr. Cards
Buddy Butler ... Putney's Bodyguard
Vincent Hamill ... Man in White Suit
Tom Odachi ... Wing Soney
Ching Yeh ... Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunky-Funk Johnson ... Mr. Major
Joe Fields ... Pittsburgh Willie
Norman Schreiber ... Messenger
Robert Staats ... Mr. War Toys (as Bob Staats)
Alan Abel ... Mr. Lucky
Sol Brawerman ... Mr. Dinkleberry
Steven Ben Israel ... Mr. Pit Stop (as Ben Israel)
Mel Brooks ... Mr. Forget It

Luise Heath ... Secretary (as Louise Heath)
Barbara Clarke Chisolm ... Secretary (as Barbara Clarke)
Catherine Lojacono ... Lady Beaver
Johnjohn Robinson ... Wayne
Charles Carlton Buffum ... Director (as Charles Buffum)
Ron Palombo ... Assistant Director
Wendy Apple ... Script Girl (as Wendy Appel)

Antonio Fargas ... The Arab
Geegee Brown ... Secretary
Vance Amaker ... Wall Man

Al Green ... Cowboy #1
Chuck Ender ... Cowboy #2

Anthony Chisholm ... Cowboy #3
Walter Jones ... Jim Keranga
Khaula Bakr ... Mrs. Keranga
Melvia Marshall ... Little Keranga (as Melvia)
Annette Marshall ... Little Keranga (as Annette)
Andrea Marshall ... Little Keranga
Laura Greene ... Mrs. Swope
Laraaji ... Mr. Victrola Cola (as Ed Gordon)
Eric Krupnik ... Mark Focus
George Morgan ... Mr. Token
Abdul Hakeim ... Bouncer

Allan Arbus ... Mr. Bad News
Jesse McDonald ... Young Militant
C. Robert Scott ... Militant #1
Leopoldo Mandeville ... Militant #2
Vince Morgan Jr. ... West Indian
Al Browne ... Moderate
Marie Claire ... Eugenie Ferliger / Nun
Eileen Peterson ... Narrator
William H. Boesen ... Bert / Mr. Lunger
Carol Farber ... Secretary
Cerves McNeill ... Youngblood
Carolyn Cardwell ... Borman Six Girl
Chuck Green ... Myron X aka Rufus (as Charles Green)
Pepi Hermine ... President of the United States
Ruth Hermine ... First Lady
Paul Storob ... Secret Service Man
Lawrence Wolf ... Mr. Borman Six (as Larry Wolf)
Jeff Lord ... Mr. Bald
Tom Boya ... Mr. O'Dinga
Major Cole ... Idea Man #1
David Butts ... Idea Man #2
Franklin Scott ... Idea Man #3
Paul Alladice ... Idea Man #4
Exit ... Idea Man #5
Ronnie Dyson ... Face Off Boy (as Ronald Dyson)
Shelley Plimpton ... Face Off Girl
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Putney's Maid
Paulette Marron ... Air Conditioner Girl
Delilah ... Stewardess #1
Carol Hobbs ... Stewardess #2
Birgitta ... Stewardess #3
Grania ... Interviewer
Marco Heiblim ... Lucky Passenger

Peter Maloney ... Putney's Chauffeur
Larry Greenfield ... Lead Reporter
Lloyd Kagin ... Billy Reilly
Perry Gewirtz ... Sonny Williams
Herbert Kerr ... Bodyguard #2
Hal Schochet ... President Mimeo's Chauffeur
Fred Hirschhorn ... Mr. Bourbon
George T. Marshall ... Mr. Executive (as George Marshall)
Donald Lev ... Poet
Donald Breitman ... Mr. Ethereal Cereal (as Donahl Breitman)
Peter Benson ... Mr. Jingle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marlene Clark ... (uncredited)

Robert Downey Sr. ... Putney Swope (voice) (uncredited)

David Downing ... (uncredited)
Bob Larkin ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Downey Sr.  (as Robert Downey [a prince])
 
Writing credits
Robert Downey Sr. (written by) (as Robert Downey [a prince])

Produced by
Robert Downey Sr. .... producer
Henri Pachard .... associate producer (as Ronald Sullivan)
 
Original Music by
Charley Cuva 
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Cotts (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
 
Casting by
Grania Gurievitch 
 
Art Direction by
Gary Weist 
 
Production Management
Henri Pachard .... production supervisor (as Ronald Sullivan)
 
Sound Department
Tom Dillinger .... sound mixer
Bruce Perlman .... assistant sound
Michael Scott .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Bill Daley .... special effects
Tom Daniel .... special effects
Dan List .... special effects
Josh Zander .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norris Eisenbrey .... assistant cameraman
Paul Goldsmith .... lighting
Mark Hitchcock .... head grip
Arthur Marks .... lighting
Don Walters .... head grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Schielke .... costume coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Pat Dobie .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Wendy Apple .... production assistant (as Wendy Appel)
Eric Krupnik .... production assistant
Sharon Sachs .... script supervisor
Barbara Wise .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
John Simon .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
84 min
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene where Putney and his wife are watching TV in the living room, they are watching one of Downey's previous films, Chafed Elbows (1966).See more »
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Mr. Syllables:How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario?See more »
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest..., 16 November 2005
Author: (biggus@aol.com) from United States

Certainly one of the most hilarious films of all time. Excellent original music, clever, heady...it's hard to be articulate about something this good. There isn't one character that you don't instantly love to watch- Myronex "Putney, there's trouble in the black room!" "My name is Rufus." The lines, thrown away left and right, are classics themselves, recalling Slapshot, Caddyshack, Anchorman, Repoman, Dolemite, any comedy whose dialog is not of the formulaic set-up punchline variety. "Putney, Myronex called you tasteless!" "My organization is pro-integration..." "Where's Lopez? 'He's in my head'" They don't sound brilliant until you hear them in the context of the scene. ...This movie will eat your brain, it's too good. I've read reviews calling this film racist, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Every scene is gold, from the Etherial Cereal commercial to the Brothers In the Black Room meeting to that haunting trumpet in the closing scene. One word - genius.

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