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


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 »


Crime | Thriller






Release Date:

November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Nigger Rich on Number 666  »

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1.85 : 1
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Early in the film, when white politicians and police are discussing Pasha's numbers racket, a microphone dips into the top of the shot. See more »


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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A numbers king pin tries to stay in business as the mafia and police close in around him. Its a below poverty production that is decent but deserving of a bigger budget
24 June 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a low budget, made on the cheap film that does possess some charm. The problem is that it meanders all over the place and never picks up any real steam. The plot begins with a sit down between Pasha and his Italian gangster counter part Big Tony (played by the top billed Frank DeKova aka Chief Wild Eagle from F-Troop in the first of his two scenes). Tony tells Pasha he has to hand everything over to him and his boys or they will kill him. Pasha's girl kills Tony's man, which you would think woulds spark a gang war, it doesn't, instead it spurs the Mayor to try and close Pasha down. This leads to the numbers operation being moved, police raids and some talk about fighting back. The Italian mob does try to kill Pasha but it never amounts to much. This is a black-ploitation crime drama that is short on action.

The problem seems to be that they had almost no money to make this movie. its suppose to be set in 1956 but people wear clothes from the 1970's and the streets are filled with cars made well after 56. I'm guessing that they couldn't afford any money for blanks, or if they did they didn't have very many. What violence there is tends to be fist fights or beatings, which can be very bloody. Its disappointing especially after the opening scene. I had the sense while watching it that this was suppose to be a larger, more detailed story (there are details hanging off the screen that seem to connect to a longer story) and it wasn't filmed because of money or the film was unfinished.

Its a messy movie but I liked it. The writing is at times sharp and witty, even if the cast isn't up to it. There are numerous lines of dialog that deserve to be quoted. You have a bunch of interesting characters that seem very real. I also liked that the plot never went where you expected it to go, even though it became clear early this was headed for left field by a completely new route. Its best described as a low budget attempt at something other than your typical crime drama (black or white). No it won't win any awards but if you're an adventurous film goer it deserves to be seen, if for no other reason than to imagine it remade by Mario Van Peebles, Quentin Tarantino or the Hughes Brothers. You probably won't rave, but it will stick in your head.

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