Directed by ossie davis with godfrey cambridge raymond st jacques calvin lockhart judy pace 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 omailey 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 . Cotton comes to harlem is an action film co written and directed in 1970 by ossie davis and starring godfrey cambridge raymond st jacques and redd foxx the film is based on chester himes novel of the same name the opening theme aint now but its gonna be was written by ossie davis and performed by melba mooreit was followed two years later by the sequel come back charleston blue. A classic entry in chester himess trailblazing harlem detectives series cotton comes to harlem is one of his hardest hitting and most entertaining thrillers flim flam man deke ohara is no sooner out of atlantas state penitentiary than hes back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. Cotton comes to harlem is a hardboiled crime fiction novel written by chester himes in 1965 it is the sixth and best known of the grave digger jones coffin ed johnson mysteries it was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1970 starring godfrey cambridge raymond st jacques and redd foxx. Cotton comes to harlem was co written and directed by the great ossie davis who also wrote the opening theme there would be a sequel two years later come back charleston blue with cambridge and stjacques again playing gravedigger jones and coffin ed johnson
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