View Full Version : Remembering 'Putney Swope'

Norman Bernstein
08-29-2017, 02:34 PM
It was the blackest of black comedies of it's time (1969), both literally, and figuratively :)

Directed by Robert Downey Sr. (father of the famed actor), it was shot on a shoestring, and looks it... which makes it even funnier. The gags are utterly absurd, loaded with racial stereotypes played for laughs... I loved this picture when I first saw it, and still think it's terrific. Admittedly, the first 20 minutes or so are the funniest... it goes downhill, to a degree, from there, but is still highly worthwhile.

Trivia item: the character of Putney Swope was played by Arnold Johnson... but Downey didn't like the sound of Johnson's voice, so he overdubbed all of Johnson's lines with his own voice.

Amazingly, it's available, complete, on YouTube:


David W Pratt
08-29-2017, 04:07 PM
My favorite part was when everyone in the boardroom crumpled up their ballots

Ian McColgin
08-29-2017, 05:47 PM
Brilliant film.

08-29-2017, 07:16 PM
Directed by A Prince.

(...and that's from memory--remember, I used to be a film maker and film teacher).

Dan McCosh
08-29-2017, 09:14 PM
Think you could make it today?