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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bingo Long (P)
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Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
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Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Rico Dawson ...
Willie Lee Shively, All-Star (RF)
Sam 'Birmingham' Brison ...
Louis Keystone - All-Star - SS (as 'Birmingham' Sam Brison)
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Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Leon Wagner ...
Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)
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Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry ...
Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)
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Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star (CF)
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Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)
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Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces
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Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
Sam Laws ...
Henry Dunbar, Owner of Baltimore Elite Giants
Alvin Childress ...
Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers
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Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

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In 1939, to laugh, you listened to the radio, to cry, you went to the movies, for excitement, you went to the ballgame. But if you wanted all three, there was only Bingo Long. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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17 November 1976 (France)  »

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Bingo  »

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Trivia

Debut theatrical feature film of director John Badham. See more »

Goofs

When Leon breaks through the lid of the casket, you can see that is made of Styrofoam, and clearly not of wood or metal. See more »

Quotes

Leon Carter, All-Star: [after Esquire Joe bowls him over with a slide at the plate] Say, boy - does you do this constantly?
Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star: No, suh. I does it all the time.
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with an older version of the Universal Studios logo, as part of the opening news reel. See more »


Soundtracks

The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)
Written by Berry Gordy and Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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Says a lot-but with humor
3 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film got great reviews when it came out, but I had to go to a African-American neighborhood theater to see it. That was only where it was being shown. It was not marketed for a general (prodominently white) audience. I believe that it has been overlooked since for the same reason: it is believed to be a movie about African-Americans which can be appreciated only by African-Americans.

This is far from the case. It is a movie about individuals trying to do the work they love while being frustrated by irrational human attitudes and biases. It is a movie about adapting to the perception that your world is changing and the change will be good for others, but not be good for you. It is as good a movie ever made about finding your goals and persisting in reaching them, even as the value of the goal recedes before you.

And it is hilarious. It is done with sly humor as well as laugh-out-loud wild humor.


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