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Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  21 April 1973 (Japan)
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Sequel to Cotton comes to Harlem. Another bad influence is hitting Harlem and Gravedigger and Coffin Ed are the two cops who will stop it. Charleston Blue was a prohibition era black ... See full summary »

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Godfrey Cambridge ...
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Peter De Anda ...
Joe
Percy Rodrigues ...
Bryce
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Carol
Maxwell Glanville ...
Caspar
Minnie Gentry ...
Her Majesty
Dick Sabol ...
Jarema
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Frank Mago
Toney Brealond ...
Drag Queen
Tim Pelt ...
Earl J
Marcia McBroom ...
Girl Barber
Darryl Knibb ...
Douglas
Joseph Ray ...
Bubba
Adam Wade ...
Benjy
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Sequel to Cotton comes to Harlem. Another bad influence is hitting Harlem and Gravedigger and Coffin Ed are the two cops who will stop it. Charleston Blue was a prohibition era black gangster, dead 4 decades. When he seems to have reappeared, once again slitting throats with his Blue straight edge razors, the two cops begin a complicated search for some answers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A ghost has come back to Harlem--and started the wildest gang war ever. See more »

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21 April 1973 (Japan)  »

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Deixem a Cidade Se Vingar  »

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The screenplay for the film is inspired by the legacies of real life Harlem gangsters Bumpy Johnson and Frank Lucas. The character of Joe (the fake Charleston Blue) resembles the actual Frank Lucas, who was a major drug dealer around Harlem and Newark, during the time the film was made. There are numerous parallels between the Charleston Blue persona and Frank Lucas, who was known for his "Blue Magic" brand of heroin. See more »

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Gravedigger Jones: Blink once and you're dead.
Coffin Ed Johnson: Blink twice and you're buried.
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Referenced in Hell Up in Harlem (1973) See more »

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COME BACK CHARLESTON BLUE
Music by Donny Hathaway
Lyrics by Quincy Jones and Al Cleveland
Sung by Donny Hathaway and Valerie Simpson
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Gravedigger Jones & Coffin Ed Johnson strike again in Come Back, Charleston Blue
7 February 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this sequel to Cotton Comes to Harlem on YouTube. Once again, Gravedigger Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) are trying to make it safe to live in the streets of Harlem but there's someone running drugs there and the possibility of the title character returning to exact vengeance...While I thought CCTH was pretty entertaining, this one to me was a bit more funny and lively especially with help from Donny Hathway's score and supervision of it by Quincy Jones. I especially liked the performance of Minnie Gentry as Her Majesty who expects her late husband Charleston Blue to return any minute now though probably realizes he may never. Still, she likes to live in the past. Also returning is Dick Sabol as the dumb white cop Jerema though he's a bit more sympathetically treated here. Really, all I'll say now is I highly recommend Come Back, Charleston Blue. P.S. Since this is Black History Month, I'd like to cite other players of color that appeared here: Peter DeAnda as Joe, Percy Rodrigues as Bryce, Jonelle Allen as Carol, Maxwell Glanville as Caspar, Toney Brealond as a drag queen, Tim Pelt as Earl J, Marcia McBroom as a girl barber, Adam Wade as Benjy, Dorothi Fox as a streetwalker, and Theodore Wilson as the cemetery guard. Both Ms. Allen and Wilson previously appeared in Cotton Comes to Harlem as a secretary and Barry, respectively. Oh, and a year later, Ms. Gentry (who's Terrence Howard's great-grandmother) would also be in Black Caesar as Momma Gibbs.


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