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The Watermelon Man Details


African-American activist and actor Melvin Van Peebles directed this comedy-drama starring Godfrey Cambridge as Jeff Gerber, a white, middle class husband to Althea (Estelle Parson) and father of two who is also a mild bigot. One morning, Jeff wakes up to discover that he has become a black man overnight. After trying in vain to remove his new pigment, Jeff ventures out into the world, only to discover the hostility he once engendered himself. After his neighbors petition to get him out of the neighborhood, his boss (Howard Caine) tries to use his new identity to the company's advantage and his doctor suggests he seek medical care elsewhere, Jeff comes to see the many sides of racism. The only rays of hope in his situation are the friendship of several fellow black people, including a bus driver (D'Urville Martin) and a restaurant counter man (Mantan Moreland). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Godfrey Cambridge
as Jeff Gerber
Estelle Parsons
as Althea Gerber
Howard Caine
as Mr. Townsend
Mantan Moreland
as Cashier
Kay Kimberly
as Erica
Kay Kuter
as Dr. Wainwright
Lawrence Parke
as 1st Passenger
Robert Dagny
as 2nd Passenger
Irving Selbst
as Mr. Johnson
Karl Lukas
as 2nd Policeman
Erin Moran
as Janice Gerber
Donna Dubrow
as Receptionist
Mae Clarke
Ray Ballard
as 3rd Passenger
Paul Williams
as Employment Office Clerk
Frank Farmer
as Andy Brandon
Ralph Montgomery
as Drugstore Boss
Rhodie Cogan
as Mrs. Johnson
Hazel Medina
as Widow


Melvin Van Peebles
Herman Raucher
Herman Raucher
Melvin Van Peebles
Composer (Music Score)
Carl Kress
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Schrager
First Assistant Director