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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

Although Orville H. Hampton is credited as screenwriter along with Raphael Hayes, Hayes stated in an interview that he had never worked with Hampton on the script and in fact had never even met him. Hampton was assigned to write the script by producer/director Larry Peerce, and according to Hayes, Peerce thought Hampton's script was so awful that he ditched it and hired Hayes to rewrite it. However, after arbitration, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) ruled that Hampton's name should be in the credits as co-screenwriter. 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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