Putney Swope Putney Swope
  • United States
  • 1969
  • 85 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman. Putney summarily fires the whiteys, replaces them with Black Power apostles, renames the company Truth and Soul, Inc., and proceeds to wreak politically incorrect havoc.

Cast

Putney SwopeArnold Johnson
Mrs. SwopeLaura Greene
Putney’s bodyguardBuddy Butler
The ArabAntonio Fargas
Man in white suitVincent Hamill
Mr. Borman SixLarry Wolfe
President of the United StatesPepi Hermine
First LadyRuth Hermine

Credits

DirectorRobert Downey Sr.
Produced byRobert Downey Sr. and Henri Pachard
CinematographyGerald Cotts
Assistant cameraNorris Eisenbrey
Art directorGary Weist
EditorBud S. Smith
Special effectsBill Daley, Tom Daniel, Dan List and Josh Zander
Costume designNew Breed Inc.
MusicCharley Cuva

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