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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1970 (USA)
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Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips ... See full summary »

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Raymond St. Jacques ...
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Rev. Deke O'Malley
Judy Pace ...
Iris
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Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims
Emily Yancy ...
Mabel
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Capt. Bryce
Lou Jacobi ...
Goodman
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Lt. Anderson
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Calhoun
Mabel Robinson ...
Billie
Dick Sabol ...
Jarema
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Lo Boy
Teddy Wilson ...
Barry (as Theodore Wilson)
Maxwell Glanville ...
Caspar
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Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, the Reverend, and the hijackers. Much of the humor is urban black, which was unusual in 1970. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Introducing COFFIN ED and GRAVEDIGGER, two detectives only a mother could love.

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Action | Comedy

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27 May 1970 (USA)  »

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Algodón en Harlem  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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When Jarema puts on the paper bag, there is only one hole cut out - for his nose. Moments later, when he runs out into the hall, the bag now has eyeholes as well. See more »

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Iris: [disguised as old woman to escape from jail] Where's my pastor? Where's my pastor? What did you do with my pastor?
Jarema: Wait a minute, hold it, just a minute, now! How the hell did you get in here?
Gravedigger Jones: She's with the delegation, don't you remember?
Iris: If ya'll don't give me back my pastor I'm gonna punch you in the stomach with this umbrella!
Jarema: Now, watch it, lady.
Gravedigger Jones: O'Malley ain't here. He's been released.
Iris: Gimme back my pastor!
Gravedigger Jones: O'Malley ain't here, I tell you, and if you don't get the hell outta here with all ...
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Referenced in Parkinson: Episode dated 7 December 1974 (1974) See more »

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The Loving Ballad
Written by Galt MacDermot & William Dumaresq
Sung by Denis Dillapena
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Hysterically Edgy
8 July 2002 | by (Hoboken, NJ) – See all my reviews

Cambridge and St. Jacques are one of all time best buddy cop duos. They are hip, sexy, and funny. The mystery is intriguing, and the uncomfortable situations keep the viewer's attention throughout. This is one to be seen uncut, because a lot of the humor is quite racy. It's a time capsule in a way also since the Harlem depicted here no longer exists.


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