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Go Man Go (1954)

The story of Abe Saperstein and the creation of the Harlem Globetrotters.


James Wong Howe


Alfred Palca, Arnold Becker (front for Alfred Palca)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Clark ... Abe Saperstein
Patricia Breslin ... Sylvia Franklin Saperstein
Sidney Poitier ... Inman Jackson
Anatol Winogradoff Anatol Winogradoff ... Papa Saperstein
Celia Brodkin Celia Brodkin ... Mama Saperstein (as Celie Boodkin)
Carol Sinclair Carol Sinclair ... Fay Saperstein
Ellsworth Wright Ellsworth Wright ... Sam
Slim Gaillard ... Self
Frieda Altman Frieda Altman ... Ticket Seller
Mort Marshall ... Master of Ceremonies
Jean Shore Jean Shore ... Secretary
Reece 'Goose' Tatum Reece 'Goose' Tatum ... Self - Harlem Globetrotter
'Sweetwater' Clifton 'Sweetwater' Clifton ... Self - Harlem Globetrotter
Marques Haynes Marques Haynes ... Self - Harlem Globetrotter
Bill Stern Bill Stern ... Self


The story of Abe Saperstein and the creation of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Not a terrible idea for a film...but really made on the cheap.
31 October 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Go Man Go" is a very low budget film about the early days of the Harlem Globetrotters and their owner/creator, Abe Saperstein. The film stars Dane Clark and Sidney Poitier (before he became famous) but otherwise the actors are mostly small-time actors, unknowns and actual basketball players. The film purports to be the story of the Globetrotters, though how close all this is to the truth, I have no idea.

The game begins with the Globetrotters already in existence and Abe in charge. The film follows them through the lean years, barely getting by (which would also have been true with other basketball teams of the era) and to the time when the team played a legitimate style of basketball and won the world championship.

The story is interesting. What isn't interesting is the extensive use of grainy stock footage. This becomes MUCH worse towards the end, as instead of just briefly showing the big game, it seems to take up a LOT of time with a lot of stock footage. Overall, moderately enjoyable but it left me wishing it was higher budgeted, but considering it's about black athletes and it was made in 1954, it it's actually surprising it was made at all.

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Release Date:

27 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Artisten des Sports See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergenfield, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Sirod Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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