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Cotton Comes to Harlem


Dir. Ossie Davis. 1970, 97 mins. 35mm. With Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Redd Foxx. Broadway star Ossie Davis’s rollicking first film, adapted from Chester Himes’s 1965 novel, was shot in Harlem during the spring of 1969, with extensive neighborhood participation and an almost entirely black cast headed by Raymond St. Jacques and Godfrey Cambridge (both playing cops) with Calvin Lockhart stealing the movie as their nemesis, a bogus preacher.

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