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One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed... See full summary »

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Larry Peerce
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Barbara Barrie ... Julie Cullen Richards
Bernie Hamilton ... Frank Richards
Richard Mulligan ... Joe Cullen
Harry Bellaver ... Judge Powell
Marti Mericka Marti Mericka ... Ellen Mary
Robert Earl Jones ... William Richards
Vinnette Carroll Vinnette Carroll ... Martha Richards
Anthony Spinelli Anthony Spinelli ... Johnny Hruska (as Sam Weston)
Faith Burwell Faith Burwell ... Ann Hruska
Jack Stamberger Jack Stamberger ... Minister
Michael Shane Michael Shane ... Jordan Hollis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul S. Orgill Paul S. Orgill ... Lawyer
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Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed household is an improper place to raise the girl, the new husband fights for his parental rights in court, fighting against a judge who represents the prejudices of the era. Written by Toni Van Buskirk

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1964 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Le procès de Julie Richards See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Budget:

$340,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bawalco Picture Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Intermarriage between African-Americans and Caucasians was illegal in 14 states until the US Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia was handed down on June 12, 1967. The court unanimously ruled that anti-miscegenation marriage laws were unconstitutional. In his opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote, "The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State." Interestingly, many anti-miscegenation marriage laws were enacted in the wake of African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson's marriages to two Caucasian women, as pointed out in Ken Burns' documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004). Johnson married his white mistress Etta Duryea in late 1910 or early 1911, then married another white woman, Lucille Cameron, soon after his first wife's September 1911 suicide. The two marriages outraged white America, and Johnson and Cameron fled America for Canada and then Europe under threat of lynching. Their relationship was fictionalized in the stage play, and subsequent movie, The Great White Hope (1970), for which the Caucasian playwright Howard Sackler won the Pulitzer Prize. The 1913 Massachusetts anti-miscegenation marriage law, which did not recognize any marriage made in a state forbidding the marriage of different classifications of people (the law left unspoken the racial issue of black and white; in Virginia, blacks were allowed to marry other, non-white "races"), was considered inoperative after Loving v. Virginia until in 2005, then-governor Mitt Romney used it as the basis to deny out-of-state couples the right to wed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the Bay State's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. See more »

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Classic Independent Still Hits Hard
2 June 2001 | by alli_katzSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in film class, and was so moved by it that I taped it off the independent Film Channel when they showed it, and watched it twice since. And, it still makes me cry every time I watch it. First, I've never seen a movie so understated about its anger. In this regard Barbara Barrie and Bernie Hamilton are both so good that I don't know the right words to describe it. Second, the girl is not Hollywood "cute", she's not a smarty pants; she is 100% genuine. Third, the Judge is so slick and evil although he comes across so nice just like every Southern judge I have met in real life. My film teacher told me if she could pick one film to give someone the truth of what this country was all about in the early '60's, One Potato Two Potato would be that film. And the love story between Hamilton and Barrie is so real and beset with pain and passion that I can really relate to them.


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