One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

One Potato, Two Potato (1964)





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After her husband abandons her and their young daughter (Mari Merika), Julie (Barbara Barrie) finds a job at a factory. After she divorces Joe Cullen (Richard Mulligan), Julie meets and falls in love with Frank Richards (Bernie Hamilton). Frank being African-American and Julie being Caucasian, the two marry in spite of the social conflict surrounding them. The new family moves onto Frank's parent's farm and Julie soon has another child. Before long, Joe turns up and demands custody of his daughter, claiming that the bi-racial environment is unhealthy for her. Now, a judge must decide the young girl's fate based upon racial injustice. This independent drama, the first feature for director Larry Peerce, was a competing film at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. Unlike most films at the time, it was invited directly to Cannes rather than being elected by the Hollywood Festival Selection Committee.
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Barbara Barrie
as Julie Cullen Richards
Bernie Hamilton
as Frank Richards
Richard Mulligan
as Joe Cullen
Harry Bellaver
as Judge Powell
Marti Mericka
as Ellen Mary
Robert Earl Jones
as William Richards
Vinette Carroll
as Martha Richards
Sam Weston
as Johnny Hruska
Faith Burwell
as Ann Hruska
Jack Stamberger
as Minister
Michael Shane
as Jordan Hollis
Vinnette Carrol
as Martha Richards
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Critic Reviews for One Potato, Two Potato

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Both husband and wife are shrewdly observed characters in a film untainted by sentimentality, a quality that American films about race, then and now, fall back on.

Full Review… | October 18, 2016
Village Voice
Top Critic

Packs a powerful lesson on racism.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
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Audience Reviews for One Potato, Two Potato


Still Relevant today.In 1964 a Black Man & a White woman fall in Love.They almost lose Custody of her White Daughter because of the Interracial Marriage.Wonderful Story, groundbreaking at the time.Beautifully portrayed by Barbara Barrie & Bernie Hamilton

Marilee Aschwanden
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