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Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes (1974)

A numbers king pin tries to stay in business as the mafia and police close in around him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Big Tony (as Frank deKova)
Paul Harris ...
Pasha
Frances E. Williams ...
Moma Lottie (as Frances Williams)
Reginald Farmer ...
Sweetman
Don Edmondson ...
Serene (as Tawny Tan)
Larry Greene ...
Jimmy Rush
Ernie Lee Banks ...
DuDirty (as Ernie Banks)
Karmello Brooks ...
Romaine
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Sam Kingston (as Henry Sanders)
Pat Edwards ...
Pearl
Terry Ransom ...
Little Billy Jones
Curtis Price ...
Nathan Jones
Onezene 'Ben' Geyen ...
Reverend Axle
Ronald Ransom ...
Gambler
Cal Wilson ...
Young Dude
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Storyline

It's a turf battle over the mean streets of Harlem between Italian mobsters and the black hoodlums living in the neighborhood run by "Big Tony" (Frank DeKove). The fighting becomes intense as each side tries to push the other out, with both groups bringing in their best hit men. Watch for a brutal transvestite mobster who kills with her high-heeled shoes. Written by Anonymous

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Feeling great...Walking tall...Hit my number, That's all! See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Nigger Rich on Number 666  »

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Set in 1956, yet 1970s vehicles are visible throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Big Tony: What are we going to do to settle this mess, anyway? The Chicago bosses are tired of waiting. I'm tired, you're tired. What's the solution?
Pasha: I thought perhaps you might have some ideas. You Italians were always better at that kind of thinking than us poor colored folks.
Big Tony: [chuckling] you're too much. You know, if you knew what I was thinking right now... I've hated you for a long, long time, Hakim and right now at this moment I've got you right here in my hand. I could kill you, you know that. I ...
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When the movie finishes, the words 'THE DEAD END' flash on the screen before the credits roll See more »

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Cheap Blaxploitation With A Spark Of Possibility
24 June 2008 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film a few days ago under the name "Jive Turkey". In it, a numbers kingpin tries to keep control of his empire. In the process, he has to go against the Italian mob, the cops, snitches and all kinds of unscrupulous folks.

As far as low-budget blaxploitation goes (and really, what isn't?), it's not that bad. The acting is decent, sometimes even good. The direction and cinematography is competent, sometimes even great. But what really stands out here is the story. Yeah, yeah. Same old brother-against-whitey plot that's in 99 out of a hundred of blaxploitation films. But there's a desperation in there that shines through. The best example is a scene of Russian roulette between the kingpin and the mafia boss. It's actually fairly well acted and well written.

There's some confusing moments, like what the hell is up with the murdering-psycho man-girl that everyone wants to bang? And there's sprinkles of cheesy acting and poor production values. But there's actually a lot in here that, given better people behind it, could equal a pretty damned good movie. As it is, however, it's certainly above average on the Z-grade blaxploitation flick.

All in all, recommended.


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