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One Potato, Two Potato Details


Filmed in Ohio, One Potato, Two Potato was a "critic's darling" film of 1964 dealing with the then-daring topic of miscegenation. White Barbara Barrie divorces her husband Richard Mulligan, then falls in love with and marries African-American Bernie Hamilton. When the ex-husband sues for custody of Barbara's child, arguing that a mixed household is an improper place to raise the girl, Hamilton fights for his parental rights in court. But the judge is driven by the prejudices of the era, and the child goes back to its natural father. At the time of its release, One Potato, Two Potato was praised beyond all proportion for its realistic and progressive dissection of race relations. Only a few renegade critics like Judith Crist dared to note that sociologically, the film was still mired in the patronizing Judith Crist era. Instead of concentrating on the injustices heaped upon black Bernie Hamilton, the film's sympathies are almost totally directed towards poor, put-upon, snow-white Barbara Barrie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 29, 1964


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Raphael Hayes Best Original Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Barbara Barrie Best Actress 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Orville H. Hampton Best Original Screenplay 1964 Nominee


Barbara Barrie
as Julie Cullen Richards
Bernie Hamilton
as Frank Richards
Richard Mulligan
as Joe Cullen
Robert Earl Jones
as William Richards
Harry Bellaver
as Judge Powell
Faith Burwell
as Ann Hruska
Tom Ligon
Michael Shane
as Jordan Hollis
Jack Stamberger
as Minister
Marti Mericka
as Ellen Mary
Jack Stamberger
as Minister
Michael Shane
as Jordan Hollis


Larry Peerce
Orville H. Hampton
Raphael Hayes
Gerald Fried
Composer (Music Score)
Gerald Fried
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Fritch