Bad ass, absurd satire by Robert Downey Sr. It’s crazy to think this was made in 1969. Putney Swope is the only black executive (in charge of music) at a Madison Avenue ad firm who is accidentally put in power after the head of the company drops dead at a board meeting. Robert Downy Sr. dubbed his voice in for the character of Putney making him both comedic and commanding. Supposedly he did this because the actor had trouble memorizing his lines but considering how critical the movie is of race relations, advertising, Hollywood and power I can’t help thinking that it’s another intended layer of irony. At least I hope so.
Bonus: I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word ‘beaver’ so much.