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Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)

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Film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway musical. A pair of devil-bats take human form and crash a Harlem house party in an attempt to break it up. But somehow, their attempts to ruin the party fail.

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Cast overview:
Thomas Anderson ...
Mr. Percy
Jay Van Leer ...
Mrs. Johnson (as Jay Vanleer)
Robert Dunn ...
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House guest at the party
George Ooppee McCurn ...
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Joshie Armstead ...
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Frank Carey ...
Mr. Johnson
Nate Barnett ...
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Miss Maybell
Avon Long ...
Brother Dave
Rhetta Hughes ...
Earnestine
Joe Keyes Jr. ...
Trinity (as Joseph Keyes)
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Film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway musical. A pair of devil-bats take human form and crash a Harlem house party in an attempt to break it up. But somehow, their attempts to ruin the party fail.

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The Broadway production of "Don't Play Us Cheap" opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on May 16, 1972 and ran for 164 performances. Thomas Anderson, Joshie Armstead, Robert Dunn, Jay Van Leer, Esther Rolle, Mabel King, George Ooppee McCurn, Frank Carey, Nate Barnett, Rhetta Hughes and Avon Long recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. The musical received two 1972 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Feature actor in a Musical - Avon Long. See more »

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Quittin' Time
Written by Melvin Van Peebles
Performed by George Ooppee McCurn
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22 November 2005 | by (Detroit, Mich) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy avant-garde films and/or cult and/or low budget black (afro-american)comedy, then you are probably already a fan of Melvin Van Peebles. I love telling people about this film because it's so simple yet profound and a whole lot of fun! It feels like this film was originally a stage play cause it all takes place in one flat. The music is bluesy, gospel and folk and yes chile it's low budget, but that's the point. It's great to see black actors like Mabel King and Esther Rolle doing work that you can tell they actually enjoyed doing for a change!!!! Not only did Melvin Van Peebles write the script, but he also composed all of the music. With the exception of Esther Rolle the cast has great, soulful voices, but even the monotoned throaty voice of Rolle adds great character to the film. It's the rawness and honesty of this movie that makes it so great...Besides I'm sure Miss Rolle knows she can't sing!


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