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TCM should show this in a primetime spot!


Time has passed, things have changed. At the time this movie was made interracial marriage was still illegal in 14 states. Only a few years ago if this movie had been shown in a prime time spot on TCM it would have offended or even outraged many;... it still might. It's a new day lets see what will happen if its shown at 8 or 9pm with a little promotion from TCM. That should make for an interesting case study on how far we have actually come.

This movie has been buried for 45 years. I'm a movie buff, and I didn't even know it existed. It took a lot of guts to make this movie. I'm sure Barbara Barrie risked her career and reputation (if not her safety) to make it, it deserves to be seen by a bigger audience.

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............True. Years ago TCM ran obscure "black films" like "One Potato Two Potato" and "Lost Boundaries" during February as part of the observation of black history month. They discontinued the practice after February became thirty one days of Oscar..............As for "One Potato Two Potato" must people think of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", made three years later, as the definitive movie about interracial marriage during the sixties, but it was about an idealized situation; liberal white parents, a professional black male character marring into upper class educated white family, no children to have to make adjustments to a possable difficult situation, set in the even then ultra liberal city of San Francisco."One Potato Two Potato" is closer to the reality of most interracial relationship of that time. The people involved were working class which was much more common. The Lovings, who's case before the Supreme Court ended the antimiscegenation laws in fourteen states, came from that kind of background. Also the issue of child custody, difficult even under less complicated situations, was discussed...................The film should be shown more often.

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Well said, andewwjohnson particularly your highlights of why Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is pretty tame compared to One Potato, Two Potato.

Are you sure that TCM has featured this movie before?

Robert Osbourne mentioned in the brief introduction to the May 2 showing that this is the TCM premiere of this movie. So they've never show this before.

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..............I was a few minutes off on the time so I missed Osbourne's introduction. I assumed it was part of the TCM had it in their library since TCM, as I noted, has run many rarely aired racial themed movies in the past. Saturday night was the first time I saw "One Potato Two Potato" anywhere although I've read about it and have wanted to see it for many years.
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One Potato, Two Potato used to be shown on The Movie Channel in the very early 1990s. I recorded it off The Movie Channel on to VHS tape back then.

I saw it more than once on The Movie Channel when it used to have The Movie Channel Challenge around Labor Day weekend.

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They are showing it tonight at 8pm on TCM. I guess someone was "listening" :-)

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or listening. :)

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I was typing fast but thanks for the correction..you get a gold star

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Request Granted: Its on now on TCM...8pm Friday slot.

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KUDOS TCM! For not only showing this film prime time but dedicating Friday night to films about interracial love. Also playing The Landlord and well known, The Great White Hope.

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Yeah I notice that too. Interracial Night at TCM. On a side note James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope) father Robert Earl Jones is playing Bernie Hamilton's father in One Potato, Two Potato.

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It makes sense that movies about inter-racial marriage should be shown in prime time, since THE PRESIDENT of the greatest nation on earth is the product of an inter-racial marriage! Look at the kind of greatness that has resulted from such a union -- and to think that when he was born his parents' marriage would have been illegal in 14 states!

I agree about "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" -- I always found that movie offensive, mostly because of Katharine Hepburn's nit-witty niece who was an insult to the intelligence of someone like Sidney Poitier. What on earth did he see in that bimbo -- it almost reinforced the idea of a black man marrying a white girl just for her whiteness, since that silly girl sure didn't have anything else to recommend her. But the woman in "One Potato, Two Potato" was a real human being, warm, funny, and with a big heart. And the black husband wasn't some aloof, detached doctor like Sidney Poitier played in "Dinner", but a real guy that anybody would fall in love with. And his parents were real people, not the silly caricatures that Kate Hepburn and Spence Tracy played.

And I would also like to put in a word about the little actress who played the daughter. With her stringy hair and tomboyish ways, she was much more a real child than the affected child stars like Tatum O'Neal who came along later.



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.............I always thought "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was really about the private nightmares of sixties white San Francisco liberal parents about what their daughter might bring home from college , instead of Sidney Poitier, they should have had Richard Pryor, who was starting out back then, playing Aldridge Clever type black militant type who was always sounding off about black power and waving his fist in the air. That would be truer to that period...............Serously my experence with interracial couples is they are ordinary people who care for each other enough to see beyound skin color and the problems they and their children, because of it. They're not trying to prove anything except their feeling for each other. Sometimes the relationship really does start, over a period of time, at work like in "One Potato Two Potato" so it's much more realistic.
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Excellent observations on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" I thought I was the only one offended by the ridiculous scenario of world renowned doctor suddenly overnight getting engaged to as you described her, a bimbo. Black or white she seemed to be almost adolescent, not even in the same intellectual playing field. And what do you think of the contrasting young black girl doing the boogie woogie through a scene. Ridiculous and offensive to young black women. As if showing that was the only choice in eligible black females; therefore a professional black man would need to seek an educated white female. Yet the white female they provide him is a bimbo. =FAIL any way you look at it.

"One Potato, Two Potato" was real, believable and although the ending was tragic it was the only accurate conclusion for those times in the south. I loved this movie. All the performances were great, right down to the little girl. I was so invested in the characters I cried.

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Wow, had no idea his father was an actor. The father gave a great performance.

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Maybe this is why Guess Who's Coming To Dinner was remade as Guess Who and was played for laughs instead of for seriousness; nobody takes the original movie seriously anymore.

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Interesting that no one mentions "A Patch of Blue" (1965) with Sidney Poitier and far more powerful than "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".
But Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" had its place. It was sort of an interesting highlight of the differences of how people think they think in contrast to the reality of how they feel when put to the task.. Actions speak louder than words.
But it was extremely wordy. It told more than it showed.

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I saw this movie in a theater when I was just a teenager in high school, and I've never forgotten it. And I still remember crying my eyes out at the end. I would love to see it again! Sadly, I missed it when it was on TCM. :-(

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It's on tomorrow, I think. I just DVR'd it. So, I'm thinking tomorrow.

Just checked, it's on at 1am Tuesday morning.

-Nam

I am on the road less traveled...

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Thank you so much, Nam! I really appreciate your letting me know about it.

By the way, one of my granddaughters doesn't really believe how awful the laws used to be regarding mixed marriages in this country. This film, of course, illustrates it best. She has no way to watch this airing tonight at her college. I hope to be able to get it to her some day so she can see it for herself. Again, thanks, Nam!

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