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Black Samson (1974)

Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rockne Tarkington ...
Samson
...
Johnny Nappa
Connie Strickland ...
Tina
...
Leslie
Michael Payne ...
Arthur
Joe Tornatore ...
Harry
Titos Vandis ...
Joseph Nappa
Napoleon Whiting ...
Old Henry
...
Michael Briggs
Fred Scheiwiller ...
Charlie Frisco
Ernest Robinson ...
Ragamuffin
...
Milo
Ken Bell ...
C.T
Junero Jennings ...
Shine (as Jennero Jennings)
Marvin Walters ...
Junkie
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Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

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Every Brother's Friend. Every Mother's Enemy. See more »

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14 August 1974 (USA)  »

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Samson  »

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Rockne Tarkington and William Smith were the original actors intended to play the characters Williams and Roper in Enter the Dragon (1973). See more »

Quotes

Samson: Just keep your people out of here!
Johnny Nappa: But you have a bar. You have a licence. You have to serve anybody who comes in here, don't you?
Samson: Yeah, but this is a lousy bar with a lousy service!
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Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Black Samson
Words and Music by Allen Toussaint
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Forgotten Black actioner.
10 October 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

White Director/Stuntman Chuck Bail directed this forgotten Warner Bros. film that features Rockne Tarkington (well-known for starring on 70's kid show BANANA SPLITS:DANGER ISLAND) as Samson, a nightclub owner (who owns a lion) who doesn't want any drugs on his neighborhood. William Smith is terrific as a evil Johnny Napa, who wants to own the neighborhood and starts a war with Samson. Character actor Titos Vandis (who is Greek)is miscast as a italian mobster, but seems to chew up the part prettty good. The film does look cheap, and it's intresting Warner Bros. gave Tarkington a lead when it's reported that he turned down ENTER THE DRAGON (a part which went to Jim kelly). The ending is pretty good, so I recommened this film to any action fans looking for 70's actioner. Actor/Stuntman Tornatore later directed Rockne is ZEBRA FORCE and worked with him on TRAINED TO KILL U.S.A.


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