Black Hollywood Back In The Day: Mantan Moreland And Moms Mabley On The Bill Cosby Show (1969)




For many people, The Cosby Show is the firmly entrenched in their memories and justifiably so, it is an true American classic.  But I feel that Bill Cosby’s first sit-com, The Bill Cosby Show, should get recognition, not so much because it was as good as The Cosby Show, it wasn’t, but because it has become a nice time capsule into Black Hollywood/Television, circa 1969-70.  A perfect example is the first season’s episode, Lover’s Quarrel, guest starring Black Entertainment legends Mantan Moreland and Moms Mabley.  It’s a great episode, made especially so by Moreland and Mabley’s first scene, a classic five minutes of one liners that only professionals could pull off without breaking a sweat

Memorable quotes for
“The Bill Cosby Show” Lover’s Quarrel (1970)


Uncle Dewey (Mantan Moreland) and Aunt Edna (Jackie “Moms” Mabley)

Aunt Edna: [quarrelling in front of Chet and his girlfriend] Let me tell you somethin’ right now, honey. When a man starts to get old – get rid of him. 
Uncle Dewey: Nothin’ wrong with old men – except old women. 
Aunt Edna: I only stayed with you on the respect for your years. Honey, he done got to the place where all men gets to – can’t do nothin’ – won’t do nothin’ – and don’t want you to do nothin’. 

Chet Kincaid: Can I get you something? Uh, coffee? 
Uncle Dewey: No, I can’t have no coffee. If I have coffee, I can’t sleep. 
Aunt Edna: [quarreling in front of Chet and his girlfriend] Did you hear that man? There’s a man that gets out of breath puttin’ on his pajamas at night. 
Uncle Dewey: Woman, don’t be so simple! 
Aunt Edna: That’s the man who has to take naps, so he can be rested when he goes to sleep. 
Uncle Dewey: I wouldn’t keep my eyes closed so much, if my eyes had somethin’ to look at! You know what that woman look like at night, with all of that grease, and that lotion, and that cream? Why, man, she has to hold on to the mattress to keep from slidin’ out of the bed. 
Aunt Edna: You sittin’ there talkin’ about the way I look? 
Uncle Dewey: You heard me, woman! 
Aunt Edna: Your shadow’s better lookin’ than you! 
Uncle Dewey: You could change your oil every night, but it makes no difference ‘cause the engine is shot! 

Aunt Edna: I may be old, but my lips is in the Atomic Age. 
Uncle Dewey: Woman, I used to stay home from work, just to keep from kissin’ you goodbye! 

Chet Kincaid: [coaching his aunt and uncle to be nicer to each other] You pretend that it’s morning, and you just got up. Now, what do you say to him? 
Aunt Edna: I tell him he snored so loud until it rattled my teeth! 
Uncle Dewey: Then you should keep ‘em in a glass – further from the bed! 
Check out the entire episode below, especially The Bill Cosby Show’s theme song, Hikky Burr, performed by Quincy Jones and the Cos, himself, ad-libbing lyrics, Cosby style

GenXGeeks Discussion: Broken Dreams


thehuskybro replied to your post: The Invaders? I love you.

I remember them, never found one in good condition though because everybody read them to death. You had an Invaders set? Sigh, you had all the cool ish!

Well when it came to books at least. I was an obsessive reader and my mom encouraged it. Now when I asked for a guitar for Christmas (I was 8), she laughed. I got the Sears Wishbook, noted the measurements for the guitar I wanted, and made a cardboard copy so that I could practice holding it and shit until the real one came.

I think you know that this story ended in tears … Mom’s fault that the wonderful cross between Mick Jagger and Odetta never happened …

I wanted a guitar, too.  I wanted to be just like Bill Withers but we barely had heat, forget spending hard earned loot on a guitar.

Sigh.  I still want to be like Bill Withers, though. 


When I would come home
From School…

Granddaddy and me
Would read
The New Guess Who?

We would read about
Dick and Jane
Penny, Pam and Mike
Puff and Spot

Day in
Day out
We would read
Granddaddy and I

Then we would do
“Get out your times table card”
Granddaddy would say

That’s how it would be
with my Granddaddy

Granddaddy grew up
in Jim Crow Alabama
a sharecropper’s son
working the fields
all year round
never had time
for school
worked those fields
from the age of 3

Never got a chance to
get a education
never got a chance
to learn to read
or to multiply

his grandson
came home with
The New Guess Who?
and a times table card

I thought he was teaching me
but we learned together

My Granddaddy and me…