Saturday, May 2, 2009

TCM Airs One Potato, Two Potato

On Saturday May 2nd/Sunday May 3rd at 1 am EST, Turner Classic Movies airs the 1964 drama One Potato, Two Potato. Starring Barbara Barrie ("Nana" on Suddenly Susan), Bernie Hamilton (Capt. Dobey in the series Starsky and Hutch), and Richard Mulligan (Soap and Empty Nest), the film is one of the earliest to deal with interracial marriage. Barrie stars as a white divorcée with a young daughter who marries a black co-worker (Hamilton). Things are fine until her ex-husband (Mulligan) returns and sues for full custody of their daughter, claiming that a mixed racial household is an improper environment to raise the child.

I saw this film years ago on cable and really enjoyed it. If you've seen One Potato, Two Potato already or check it out tonight, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.


Anonymous said...

they don't make films like that anymore... people really knew what they were doing in the 60s with film... even down to the graphics and music.

Anonymous said...

I was emotionally exhausted and deeply saddened after watching this film. It was *excellent* -- a film made in the 60s about the dynamics of interracial relationships, challenging the ideology of American racism??? I was hoping for a happy-ending... but it would be historically inaccurate -- the movie could not turn out any other way!!!!

Malcolm said...

Anon: Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad that TCM dug this up because I had forgotten about it. I had similar feelings as you after watching it. I agree with you about the outcome of the movie. If they had given it a happy ending, it would have come off as false and too "Hollywood".

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