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The Black Klansman (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1966 (USA)
After a black man's daughter is killed by the KKK, he seeks revenge by becoming a Klansman.


Ted V. Mikels


Art Names (as Arthur A. Names), John T. Wilson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gilden Richard Gilden ... Jerry Ellsworth
Rima Kutner ... Andrea
Harry Lovejoy Harry Lovejoy ... Rock
Max Julien ... Raymond
Jakie Deslonde Jakie Deslonde ... Farley
James McEachin ... Lonnie (as Jimmy Mack)
Maureen Gaffney Maureen Gaffney ... Carole Ann
W. McLennard W. McLennard ... Wallace
Ginode Augustino Ginode Augustino ... Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong R.L. Armstrong ... Jenkins (as Tex Armstrong)
Byrd Holland ... Buckley
Whitman Mayo ... Alex
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ... Ellie Madison
Ray Dannis Ray Dannis ... Sloane
William Collins William Collins ... Deputy


Tells the story of an African-American Jerry Ellworth who is a Los Angeles jazz musician with a white girlfriend. In an Alabama diner during the Civil rights movement a young black man attempts to exercise his civil rights by sitting at a local diner. When the Ku Klux Klan learn of this, they firebomb a church, killing Jerry's daughter. When he learns of this, Jerry moves to Alabama to infiltrate the group responsible for his daughter's death. He becomes a member of the inner circle, befriending the local leader and his daughter, and soon exacts his revenge. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

June 1966 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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SGS Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Max Julien (Raymond) and Whitman Mayo (Alex) are both members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


The Black Klansman
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Considering who made it, it's an amazing little film.
2 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Black Klansman" is a film from Ted Mikels--the same guy who brought us schlock like "The Astro-Zombies", "Blood Orgy of the She-Devils", "Girl in the Gold Boots" (on IMDb's Bottom 100 list), "The Corpse Grinders" and "The Worm Eaters". So, you can only assume that "The Black Klansman" will be a horrible film, right? Well, not really. As I sat and watched the film I was surprised, as the acting was actually pretty good--something you'd NEVER expect! In fact, while this is an exploitation film, it's an awfully good one.

The story is set partially in the South in the 1960s. Despite civil rights laws, the Klan is strong and lynchings and fire bombings continue. And, following one of these incidents, a very light-skinned black man has had enough. He decides he's going to pass as white and infiltrate the mob! What happens next you'll need to see for yourself, but suffice to say that the film ends on a VERY exciting note--very exciting.

Reasonably well-written, very good and natural acting and competent direction. It sure makes you wonder what Mikels could have done if he had tried harder! Well worth seeing.

By the way, if you like this film, try another excellent low-budget film about race from this same era--"The Intruder" by Roger Corman.

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