Claudine is a 1974 romantic comedy about a single black woman trying to raise six children in a Harlem slum. Between working as a cleaning lady and collecting welfare payments, Claudine Price (Dihann Carroll) barely earns enough money to take care of her family. While working, she meets garbage man Rupert "Roop" Marshall (James Earl Jones) and accepts his invitation for a date. While getting to know Claudine, Roop has to put up with Claudine's rude kids, including her eldest, Charles (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), who believes Roop will be just another in his mother's long list of absentee partners. Because of Claudine's desperate situation, she is forced to lie about welfare payments to the social worker, Mrs. Kabak (Elisa Loti), who is constantly snooping around. Although Roop wants to marry Claudine, she is apprehensive because neither is financially stable. Claudine is faced with the dilemma of marrying Roop and losing her government assistance or staying single and keeping it.