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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Ossie Davis

Writing Credits  

Chester Himes ... (based upon the novel by)
 
Arnold Perl ... (screenplay) and
Ossie Davis ... (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

Godfrey Cambridge ... Grave Digger Jones
Raymond St. Jacques ... Coffin Ed Johnson
Calvin Lockhart ... Rev. Deke O'Malley
Judy Pace ... Iris
Redd Foxx ... Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims
Emily Yancy Emily Yancy ... Mabel
John Anderson ... Capt. Bryce
Lou Jacobi ... Goodman
Eugene Roche ... Lt. Anderson
J.D. Cannon ... Calhoun
Mabel Robinson Mabel Robinson ... Billie
Dick Sabol Dick Sabol ... Jarema
Cleavon Little ... Lo Boy
Teddy Wilson ... Barry (as Theodore Wilson)
Maxwell Glanville Maxwell Glanville ... Caspar
Arnold Williams ... Hi Jenks
Van Kirksey Van Kirksey ... Early Riser (as Van Kriksey)
Helen Martin ... Church Sister
Irwin C. Watson Irwin C. Watson ... Minister
Gertrude Jeannette Gertrude Jeannette ... Sister Minnie
Leonardo Cimino ... Tom
Simm Landres Simm Landres ... Luddy
Turk Turpin Turk Turpin ... Dum Dum
Tommy Lane ... '44'
Gilbert Lewis ... 1st Black Beret
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... 2nd Black Beret
William Pratt William Pratt ... 3rd Black Beret
Lisle Wilson ... 4th Black Beret
John D. Anthony John D. Anthony ... 5th Black Beret
Anthony Chisholm ... Black Plainclothesman
Tony Brubaker ... John Hill (as Anthony Brubaker)
Jonelle Allen ... Secretary
Walter Scott ... Cowboy (as Walter Scott Jr.)
Jimmy Hayeson Jimmy Hayeson ... Wino
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ... 1st Young Black Man
Vincent Hamill Vincent Hamill ... Lead picket
Rudy Townsend Rudy Townsend ... 2nd Picket
Vernee Watson ... Woman
Ernest Marks Ernest Marks ... Man
Al Fann ... Billie Boy
Alyce Webb Alyce Webb ... Angry Woman
Louis Whitman Louis Whitman ... Chicken Man
Kenneth Manigault Kenneth Manigault ... Traveling Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vinnette Carroll Vinnette Carroll ... Reba (uncredited)
Harold Gaetano Harold Gaetano ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Chep (uncredited)
Albert Hall ... Backround Detective (uncredited)
Gene Lindsey Gene Lindsey ... Luddy (uncredited)
Melba Moore ... Singer at the Apollo Theater (uncredited)
Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal ... (uncredited)
Lee Steele Lee Steele ... Sidewalk Fur Coat Salesman (uncredited)

Produced by 

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... producer

Music by 

Galt MacDermot

Cinematography by 

Gerald Hirschfeld ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

Robert Q. Lovett

Art Direction by 

Emanuel Gerard

Costume Design by 

Anna Hill Johnstone

Makeup Department 

Irvin Carlton ... makeup artist
Walter Fountain ... hair stylist: Miss Pace

Production Management 

Stanley Neufeld ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Sam Bennerson ... second assistant director
John Cates ... second assistant director
Domenic D'Antonio ... assistant director
Alan Hopkins ... assistant director
Max Kleven ... second unit director

Art Department 

Robert Drumheller ... set dresser
Sheldon Haber ... sketch artist
Clint Marshall ... property master
Bruno Robotti ... scenic artist

Sound Department 

Newton Avrutis ... production sound mixer
Robert Rogow ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

Ira Anderson Jr. ... special effects (as Ira Anderson)

Stunts 

Max Kleven ... stunt coordinator
Alan Oliney ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Enrique Bravo ... camera operator
Gil Geller ... photographer: second unit
Alec Hirschfeld ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department 

Vic Ramos ... extras casting (as Victor Ramos Jr.)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Gertha Brock ... wardrobe coordinator
Catherine Gaudio ... set wardrobe

Editorial Department 

John Carter ... associate editor
Barry Malkin ... associate editor
Marquis Shelton ... assistant editor

Location Management 

Stanley E. Campbell ... location coordinator (as Stanley Campbell)

Music Department 

George Adams ... music editor
Martin Banks ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gary McFarland ... music arranger (uncredited)

Other crew 

Al Fann ... assistant to producer
Roger Furman ... assistant to producer
Louis Johnson ... choreographer
Noni Rock ... production secretary
Bert Schneiderman ... production accountant
John Shabazz ... community relations
Julia Tucker ... continuity (as Judy Tucker)
Crew verified as complete

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