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Trick Baby (1972)

Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail.

Director:

Larry Yust

Writers:

Robert Beck (novel) (as Iceberg Slim), A. Neuberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiel Martin ... White Folks
Mel Stewart ... Blue Howard
Dallas Edward Hayes Dallas Edward Hayes ... Dot Murray
Beverly Ballard Beverly Ballard ... Susan
Vernee Watson ... Cleo Howard (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Donald Symington Donald Symington ... Morrison
Don Fellows ... Phillips
Thomas Anderson Thomas Anderson ... Felix the Fixer (as Tom Anderson)
Clebert Ford Clebert Ford ... Josephus
Fuddle Bagley Fuddle Bagley ... Percy
Ted Lange ... Melvin the Pimp
Tony Mazzadra Tony Mazzadra ... Nino Parelli
David Thomas David Thomas ... Frascatti
Jim King Jim King ... Duke
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Bobby
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Storyline

Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail.

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Taglines:

Shake hands with "Folks" and "Blue." And then count your fingers! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

All the extras in the bar were regulars who patronized said bar. See more »

Goofs

When Blue looks out the window & sees the cop walking into the building, it's still daylight. When the camera moves to street level with the cop, it's suddenly nighttime. See more »

Quotes

White Folks: Blue, I didn't wanna tell you this, But I ain't gonna play the con no more. I wanna lead a different kind of life, close to the earth, as far as a man can see, green fields rolling out towards the horizon.
Blue Howard: Don't do it, Folks. In your heart, you're a city boy.
White Folks: [takes a gulp of his Pinch whiskey] OK, I'll spend it all on hookers.
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Referenced in Dead Teenagers (2007) See more »

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The suggestion that not all black men on screen are as lily-white – or should it be black? – is excellently demonstrated in "Trick Baby."
11 January 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The story is that of two con-men: White Folks (Kiel Martin), who had a black mother and a white father and whose skin is white; and Blue Howard ( Mel Stewart), a grizzled black veteran who has taught his young protégé everything he knows about the art of dishonest tricks…

Together they cheat the Mafia and the police; they make $10,000 and have to give some of it away to the local black protection retailer; they set up a confidence property deal to get by fraud some over-greedy white businessmen out of $150,000, but cannot quite shield the stolen loot…

The distinguished trait of the film is that not all the blacks are all good, and not all the whites are all bad… What is more, it makes a point of showing that black men can play on their color to win their own ends


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1973 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$621,896
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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