Godfrey Cambridge as Grave Digger Jones; Raymond St. Jacques as Coffin Ed Johnson; Calvin Lockhart as Rev. Deke O'Malley; Judy Pace as Iris; Redd Foxx as Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims; Emily Yancy as Mabel; John Anderson as Capt. Bryce; Lou Jacobi as Goodman; Eugene Roche as Lt. Anderson; J.D. Cannon as Calhoun; Mabel Robinson as Billie; Dick Sabol as Jarema; Cleavon Little as Lo Boy; Teddy Wilson as Barry; Maxwell Glanville as Caspar
Harlem's African-American population is being ripped off by the Rev. Deke O'Malley, who dishonestly claims that small donations will secure parcels of land in Africa. When New York City police officers Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson look into O'Malley's scam, they learn that the cash is being smuggled inside a bale of cotton. However, the police, O'Malley, and lots of others find themselves scrambling when the money goes missing.