• Our video series featuring filmmakers and friends Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson discussing the films in the Eclipse set Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. wraps up with an installment focusing on the most successful film of Downey’s career: Putney Swope. Also, Downey talks about how he got his princely nickname, his experiences as a Johnny Carson guest, and Swope’s connection to the musical Hair.

    Parts one, two, and three.


  • By Tom H.
    May 30, 2012
    08:11 PM

    These videos will make great supplements to watch along with the films in the box set. This has been a great series.
  • By Ben
    May 31, 2012
    12:07 AM

    Does anyone else see the resemblance of Downey Jr in Tropic Thunder to Putney Swope? Wondering if that was a slight tip of the hat to the old man....
  • By Raby Maidah Savage
    December 20, 2013
    11:11 PM

    As a student in the Graduate School Department of French at Yale University, I went to a movie theatre in downtown New Haven, Connecticut that only showed Black movies. I saw Sam Greenley's "The Spook Who Sat By The Door," Robert Downey Sr.'s "Putney Swope" (at the time I did not know the Filmmaker was White), etc. I met Sam Greenley who literally sat at the theatre door. "I can get anybody for free," was Putney Swope's response to a graphic artist who was willing to work for him for free and said so. I liked that subtle condemnation of slavery.