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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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Big Tony (as Frank deKova)
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Frances E. Williams ...
Moma Lottie (as Frances Williams)
Reginald Farmer ...
Sweetman
Don Edmondson ...
Serene (as Tawny Tan)
Larry Greene ...
Jimmy Rush
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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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November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Nigger Rich on Number 666  »

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Opening credits show the title of the movie as "Jive Turkey" See more »

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One boy wears an LA Dodgers baseball cap. In 1956, they were the Brooklyn Dodgers; they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. 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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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »

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Wow love the early 70's films
12 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is what a grind house fan likes most a movie of the era that is not the best but a treat for some. It has it's moments with classic and forgotten songs of the area, one is especially timely of that style's vibe. And Sweetman was a slick numbers runner in the urban mafia who had to help his boss fight the Italian mob who wanted to take over the urban mafia. Not the best film but fun for a watch. It turns out the writers and director didn't go on to do many films after this. Sometime the plot gets confusing and not many of the actors ever went on to do much else. Could be why they changed the title is that it didn't do to well when released. As a fan of African American cinema in the 70's it still is a must to see them all, and the best ones are the ones in the early seventies. I guess this was shot right around 1973. Thanks for reading.


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