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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 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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The best of the Bizzare
26 August 2002 | by (Montucky) – See all my reviews

Wow what an odd film. This is one of those films that only a mother could love. And then 30 years later a whole new audience sees it. What may have looked too strange then can now be seen with new eyes. This movie is thick. The colors and aesthetic,the textures and flow are so different from other movies that if you watch it like you would another movie you might miss it. Watch this movie without any of your existing experience filters and let it present itself to you and then you might see the genius of it. That's all I have to say.


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