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The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 24 October 1951 (USA)
Abe Saperstein, owner/manager of the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional basketball team, signs Billy Townsend, an All-American, to play with the "Globetrotters."... See full summary »

Directors:

Phil Brown, Will Jason

Writer:

Alfred Palca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harlem Globetrotters ... The Harlem Globetrotters (as The Harlem Globetrotters)
Thomas Gomez ... Coach Abe Saperstein
Dorothy Dandridge ... Ann Carpenter
Bill Walker ... Prof. Turner
Angela Clarke ... Sylvia Saperstein
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Martin (as Peter Thompson)
Billy Brown ... Billy Townsend (Globetrotter)
Roscoe Cumberland Roscoe Cumberland ... Roscoe - Globetrotter
William 'Pop' Gates William 'Pop' Gates ... 'Pop' Gates - Globetrotter
Marques Haynes Marques Haynes ... Marques - Globetrotter
Louis 'Babe' Pressley Louis 'Babe' Pressley ... 'Babe' Pressley - Globetrotter
Ermer Robinson Ermer Robinson ... Elmer Robinson - Globetrotter
Ted Strong Ted Strong ... Ted Strong - Globetrotter
Reece 'Goose' Tatum Reece 'Goose' Tatum ... 'Goose' Tatum - Globetrotter
Frank Washington Frank Washington ... Frank Washington - Globetrotter
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Storyline

Abe Saperstein, owner/manager of the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional basketball team, signs Billy Townsend, an All-American, to play with the "Globetrotters." Saperstein wants Billy to finish school first and get his degree but, despite the good advice, Billy quits college and joins the team. He becomes the team star, gets married after sneaking out of a hotel contrary to Saperstein's instructions, and is injured when returning to the hotel. As a result, the team loses an important game, and Billy is fired. He signs a big-money contract to play with another team in the following season, but after a heart-to-heart talk with his wife about caring for others instead of just himself, he asks his old team to take him back. By rejoining the "Globetrotters," he invalidated the big money contract. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Sport

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Goofs

The team's bus is shown driving through a desert area with large mountains around it. They pull up to a road sign reading "Chicago, 94 Miles". There are no mountains or desert within 94 miles of Chicago. See more »

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Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

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harlem globetrotters
8 October 2020 | by mossgrymkSee all my reviews

Think of a mediocre late 50s or early 60s tv show...like say "Donna Reed" or "Texas John Slaughter"...and then think of a poor episode on that show and you'll have some idea of what the first half hour of this movie is like. Didn't stick around for the rest. Give it a D.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Harlem Globetrotters See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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