Putney Swope

Putney Swope, the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, is accidentally put in charge after the sudden death of the chairman of the board: prevented by the company by-laws from voting for themselves, in a secret ballot, most board members voted for the one person they thought could not win: Putney Swope.

Renaming the business “Truth and Soul, Inc.”, Swope replaces all but one of the white employees with blacks and insists they no longer accept business from companies that produce alcohol, tobacco or toy guns. The success of the business draws unwanted attention from the United States government, which considers it “a threat to the national security”.