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Release Date:
16 November 1973 (Denmark) See more »
Sometimes even the players get played. See more »
Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail. | Add synopsis »
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Kiel Martin ... White Folks
Mel Stewart ... Blue Howard
Dallas Edward Hayes ... Dot Murray
Beverly Ballard ... Susan

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... Cleo Howard
Donald Symington ... Morrison
Don Fellows ... Phillips
Thomas Anderson ... Felix the Fixer (as Tom Anderson)
Clebert Ford ... Josephus
Fuddle Bagley ... Percy

Ted Lange ... Melvin the Pimp
Tony Mazzadra ... Nino Parelli
David Thomas ... Frascatti
Jim King ... Duke
Anthony Charnota ... Bobby
John Aquino ... Frank

Jan Leighton ... Carlson
Byron Sanders ... Parkview Hotel Clerk
Dick Boccelli ... Vincent
Jim Mapp ... Doc Harris
Bob Brooker ... DuSable Hotel Clerk
Ronald Carter ... Bartender
Celeste Creech ... 1st Hooker
Deloris Brown-Harper ... 2nd Hooker
Jacqueline Weiss ... Aunt Rose
James Kelly ... Priest (as Father James Kelly)

Charles Weldon ... Tough
Charles G. Clarke ... Cab Driver
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Directed by
Larry Yust 
Writing credits
Robert Beck (novel) (as Iceberg Slim)

A. Neuberg (screenplay) &
T. Raewyn (screenplay) and
Larry Yust (screenplay)

Produced by
Marshall Backlar .... producer (as Marshal Backlar)
James Levitt .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Bond 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Parasheles 
Makeup Department
Kenig Glubin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Goldman .... production manager (as Donald Goldman)
John Zane .... production supervisor
Art Department
Kenig Glubin .... props
Sound Department
John Brasher .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Colwell .... grip
Skip Karnas .... electrician (as Skip Karness)
Zohrab Kazanjian .... still photographer
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
Lee Shamburger .... grip
Stuart A. Spohn .... second assistant camera (as Stuart Spohn)
Steven Wolper .... assistant camera
Music Department
Baker Bigsby .... recording engineer and mixer
James Bond .... conductor
Ed Michel .... music supervisor
Other crew
Nina Kleinberg .... assistant to director
Rick Nulman .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

All the extras in the bar were regulars who patronized said bar.See more »
Continuity: When Blue looks out the window & sees the cop walking into the building, it's still daylight. When the camera moves to street level with the cop, it's suddenly nighttime.See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Different Type of Blaxploitation, 9 September 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Trick Baby (1972)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Minor blaxploitation movie about black man "Blue" Howard (Mel Stewart) and white man "Folks" O'Brien (Kiel Martin), a couple con men who work well together because of their different race. Blue has been teaching Folks the business from an early age and both are onto a major score but soon they have a dirty cop and the mob on them. Those expecting exploitation might walk away disappointed because this film is more drama than anything else. While watching the film you might be thinking of THE STING but it's important to note that this movie did come first but don't expect the same type of quality. I think the biggest problem with this movie was the screenplay that just doesn't do enough for the actual sting. The first scam the guys pull is a pretty nice one but the main one just didn't draw my attention too much. The screenplay didn't seem to know what direction it wanted to go into and we get a couple side stories that are never really explored and this includes a female that Folks hooks up with and she pretty much becomes obsessed with him in a weird scene inside a hotel room. I'm still trying to figure out how and why she got so obsessed with him but that's just something that was never explained. Blue also has a relationship going on but it adds up to very little. What makes the film worth viewing are the two lead actors. Neither man got to play the lead too often in their careers but both take the opportunity and run with it. Most will remember Stewart as Henry Jefferson in ALL IN THE FAMILY and he turns in a wonderful performance here. I thought he was quite charming and really played that wiser old guy perfectly. Martin also turned in a very good performance and the two really do work magic together as you believe they're really intelligent enough to pull this stuff off and we believe that they know what to work with each other. The film has the unique situation of Folks being half-black but he looks so white that no one believes it. The way the race tensions are shown here are pretty interesting and added a few nice situations. TRICK BABY is one of those films that contains some very good things but at the same time you can't help but wish you had enjoyed it more.

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