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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

 -  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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Godfrey Cambridge ...
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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Iris: You took that ship, that big ol' lack ship, "Black Beauty," n' you smashed it down on that poor girl's head!
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Cotton Comes To Harlem
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Joseph S. Lewis
Sung by George Aliceson Tipton (as George Tipton)
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Funny, energetic cop movie from Ossie Davis
20 July 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Based on a novel by Chester Himes, Cotton Comes to Harlem boasts sharp dialogue and super performances from top to bottom. Cult favorites Calvin Lockhart and Redd Foxx are great, but the real fire belongs to the sublime Godfrey Cambridge as wise police detective Gravedigger Jones. The colorful story follows Gravedigger and his partner Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) as they keep tabs on charlatan evangelist Lockhart during his high-octane revival campaign. The film has solid action, but is also very funny. Upon seeing it, one will wonder why Cambridge never became a much bigger star.


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