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In Adam's World... The Music Never Stops! See more »
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Sammy Davis Jr’s overlooked movie
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Adam Johnson

Louis Armstrong ... Willie Ferguson

Ossie Davis ... Nelson Davis

Cicely Tyson ... Claudia Ferguson

Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Vincent

Mel Tormé ... Guest Singer at Party) (as Himself)

Peter Lawford ... Manny

Johnny Brown ... Blind Les
George Rhodes ... Leroy
Michael Silva ... George
Kai Winding ... Himself - Trombonist

Ja'net DuBois ... Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ... Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ... Theo

Kenneth Tobey ... Club Owner
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Red - the Sheriff
Carl Lee ... Minor Role
Morris D. Erby ... Minor Role
Lester Wilson ... Minor Role
Matt Russo ... Minor Role
Will Hussung ... Judge (as Will Hussing)
Ted Beniades ... Minor Role
Roy Glenn ... Police Detective Sergeant
Don Crabtree ... Minor Role
Elvera Davis ... Minor Role
Brunetta Bernstein ... Minor Role
Nathaniel Adderly ... Trumpet Soloist for Mr. Davis (as Nat Adderly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benny Carter ... Benny Carter (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Michael V. Gazzo ... (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack E. Leonard ... Jack E. Leonard, Party Guest (uncredited)
S. Pearl Sharp ... Party guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leo Penn 
 
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Lester Pine 
Tina Pine  (as Tina Rome)

Produced by
Merrill S. Brody .... associate producer
Ike Jones .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
James Waters .... producer
 
Original Music by
Benny Carter 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Priestley 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Robert 
 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson 
 
Production Management
Merrill S. Brody .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Nat Adderley .... musician: trumpet solos (dubbed for Mr. Davis) (uncredited)
 
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Edward Folger .... production assistant
 

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Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by Nat Adderley.See more »
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Les:Wait a minute. Hold it. Hold it. Cool it, fellas. Adam, you know... you know I'm sick of you bustin' your own roof. You know something? You came late. You're stoned. I can smell it all over the bandstand. You're evil with all the cats. Look, why don't you go out there and play real pretty for the people, huh? Well, that's it. You got it. I'm gonna split.
Adam Johnson:Hey, wait a minute, man. Let me tell you something. You don't leave. I leave. You know what that sign says out there? It says 'Adam Johnson' not 'Blindy.' 'Cause I have had you with me for 10 years. You understand that? 10 long years I've had you with me. You should go on a corner some place and have a tin cup and sell pencils. That's what you should be doing.
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Must See Film, 30 December 2006
Author: coon28 from United States

This film, made in 1966, was a bold attempt at addressing the contemporary conflicts of race and identity as it affected an African American jazz musician during the turbulent civil rights era. Adam (Sammy Davis Jr.) is a celebrated yet self destructive jazz musician and womanizer. Possessing a mean temper with a short fuse, he also has a serious drinking problem. In the opening scenes we are introduced to Adam leading his band in a sensuous slow number to an appreciative audience at a jazz club. When a drunken audience member insists he play something up-tempo, the volatile Adam abruptly stops playing and nearly assaults his heckler before storming out of the club and hopping a plane back to New York without explanation. Arriving home drunk with a sexy stewardess whose name he can't remember (a very lovely Lola Falana in her first screen role, which amounts to a brief cheesecake walk-on) Adam inconveniently discovers his apartment has been loaned for the week-end by his best friend (played by Ossie Davis) to a respected, elderly jazz musician (Louis Armstrong) and his chaperon/grand-daughter, a young civil rights activist (Cicely Tyson). Honored by the presence of the senior musician and attracted to his grand- daughter's sharp wit, politic-ism, and natural beauty (unlike the other African American actresses in this film, Tyson wears her hair in a short afro and wears little to no make-up). To his best friend's dismay, Adam attempts to embark upon a serious relationship with the activist, and to meet her challenge to him to be "nothing less and nothing less" than what what he is, "a man. With the support of his no-nonsense girlfriend and his young protégé (Frank Sinatra Jr.) Adam's efforts to tame his drinking and his anger look promising until an unexpected confrontation with the police tips the scale. Neither the elder musician's (Armstrong) brand of courteous subservience nor Tyson's subscription to non- violent protest works for Adam, In an era where his art cannot shield him from the stigma and crisis of his race, Adam is a time-bomb waiting to happen. Davis' performance is riveting as is Tyson's. The issues presented in this film were raw at the time of its making, and Davis and Tyson present African American characters that were almost unprecedented in their dramatic intensity and three dimensionality--an exception would be Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln's startling performances in "Nothin' But AMan", (1961). Rat-pack bad boy Peter Lawford joins the cast as Adam's powerful and vindictive agent who, after twice being humiliated by Adam (don't miss the scene in famed NY restaurant, 21), blackballs him, then forces him back to the humiliation of the segregated south. Also look for a brief yet strong performance from an uncredited Jan'et DuBois ("Willona" on 1970s TV show, "Good Times") as Adam's pride-less sometimes girlfriend, and Academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman an extra in a party scene featuring singer Mel Torme.

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