Oscar Movies: One Potato, Two Potato (1964)–Social Problem Film about Racism Starring Barbara Barrie

Made in 1964 by Larry Price, the low-budget indie, One Potato, Two Potato dealt with the provocative and inflammatory topic of racism and miscegenation.

A white woman named Julie Cullen (Barbara Barrie) divorces her husband (Richard Mulligan) and then falls in love with and marries an African-American, Frank Richards (Bernie Hamilton).

When her husband sues for child custody, arguing that a mixed household improper to raise the girl, Richards fights for his parental rights in court. But the judge (Harry Bellaver) proves prejudiced and assigns the child to her biological father.

Ahead of its time, One Potato, Two Potato was well received by critics. Seen from today’s perspective, however, it’s hard not to notice that the tale does not focus on the injustices suffered by the black man but on poor white woman.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Story and Screenplay (written directly for screen): Orville H. Hampton and Raphael Hayes

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winners were S. H. Barnett, Peter Stone, and Frank Tarloff for the Cary Grant comedy, Father Goose.

 

Credits:

Running time: 92 minutes

Released: July 29, 1964