HOW INFLUENTIAL WAS COTTON COMES TO HARLEM? | THE BLAXPLOITATION HOUR | OSSIE DAVIS



Len gives a righteous retrospective of the 1970 action-comedy, COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, a film many consider to be a precursor to the Blaxploitation Era. Directed by Ossie Davis and starring Raymond St. Jacques, Godfrey Cambridge, Calvin Lockhart and Redd Foxx.

Cotton Comes to Harlem is a 1970 American neo-noir action comedy film co-written and directed by Ossie Davis and starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, and Redd Foxx. The film, later cited as an early example of the blaxploitation genre, is based on Chester Himes’ novel of the same title. The opening theme, “Ain’t Now But It’s Gonna Be,” was written by Ossie Davis and performed by Melba Moore. The film was one of the many black films that appeared in the 1970s and became an overnight hit. It was followed two years later by the sequel Come Back, Charleston Blue.

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