Putney Swope

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Putney Swope (1969, USA) is a Comedy-Satire cult film directed by Robert Downey Sr.


Main Details

  • Released in 1969 | Color/B&W
  • Running Time: 84 Min.
  • Production Co: Herald
  • Distribution Co: Cinema V
  • Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
  • Written by Robert Downey Sr.
  • Starring Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Archie Russell, Ramon Gordon, Bert Lawrence
  • Produced by Robert Downey Sr., Henri Pachard, Donald Sullivan
  • Original Music by Charley Cuva
  • Cinematography by Gerald Cotts
  • Film Editing by Bud S. Smith


  • The Truth and Soul Movie | Don't rock the boat...sink it! | Up Madison Avenue


Putney Swope is a comedy satirizing the advertising world, the portrayal of race in Hollywood films, the white power structure, and the nature of corporate corruption. Putney Swope, the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, is accidentally put in charge after the unexpected death of the chairman of the board: each board member actually believed that he, himself, should be elected chairman, but the bylaws of the corporation prohibit voting for oneself, so each individual member voted his secret ballot for the person that no one else would vote for: Putney Swope. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", Swope replaces all but one of the white employees and insists they no longer accept business from companies that produce alcohol, war toys, or tobacco.(Wikipedia)

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