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Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)

| Comedy, Musical, Romance
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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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 album cover for Melvin Van Peebles' "As Serious As A Heart-Attack" can be seen on the door of the bathroom during the film's ending credits. See more »

Soundtracks

Quittin' Time
Written by Melvin Van Peebles
Performed by George Ooppee McCurn
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Great Film
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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