Cast: Anderson John; Anthony John D.; Brubaker Tony; Cambridge Godfrey; Cannon J.D.; Chisholm Anthony; Cimino Leonardo; Cook Lawrence; Fann Al; Foxx Redd; Gaetano Harold; Glanville Maxwell; Greene Stanley; Hall Albert; Hamill Vincent; Hayeson Jimmy; Jacobi Lou; Kirksey Van; Landres Simm; Lane Tommy; Lewis Gilbert; Lindsey Gene; Little Cleavon; Lockhart Calvin; Manigault Kenneth; Marks Ernest; O’Neal Frederick; Pratt William; Roche Eugene; Sabol Dick; Scott Jr. Walter; St. Jacques Raymond; Steele Lee; Taylor Wally; Townsend Rudy; Turpin Turk; Watson Irwin C.; Whitman Louis; Williams Arnold; Wilson Lisle; Wilson Teddy; Allen Jonelle; Carroll Vinnette; Jeannette Gertrude; Martin Helen; Moore Melba; Pace Judy; Robinson Mabel; Watson-Johnson Vernee; Webb Alyce; Yancy Emily; Goldwyn Jr. Samuel; Davis Ossie; Himes Chester; Perl Arnold; Hirschfeld Gerald; MacDermot Galt; Johnstone Anna Hill; Lovett Robert Q.; Campbell Stanley E.; Furman Roger; Johnson Louis; Rock Noni; Schneiderman Bert; Shabazz John; Tucker Julia
Taglines: Introducing COFFIN ED and GRAVEDIGGER, two detectives only a mother could love.
Storyline: Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O’Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, the Reverend, and the hijackers. Much of the humor is urban black, which was unusual in 1970.
The Charismatic black nationalist leader Rev Deke O’Malley is trying to sell the people of Harlem a dream. Invest $100 in his company and live in Africa. But cops Gravedigger and Coffin know all about Deke and his fraudulent schemes that take advantage of the poor and the ignorant and can’t wait for a chance to expose him. When a barbecue O’Malley is apparently ‘robbed’ they get their chance to take him and his cohorts down.