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Darktown Strutters (1975)

Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.


William Witney


George Armitage (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trina Parks ... Syreena
Edna Richardson Edna Richardson ... Carmen
Bettye Sweet Bettye Sweet ... Miranda
Shirley Washington Shirley Washington ... Theda
Roger E. Mosley ... Mellow
Curtis Price Curtis Price ... Lead singer at club
Christopher Joy Christopher Joy ... Wired
Stan Shaw ... Raunchy
Otis Day ... V.D. (as DeWayne Jesse)
Norman Bartold ... Commander Cross
Charles Knapp Charles Knapp ... Officer Tubbins
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Officer Emmo
Dick Miller ... Officer Hugo
Milt Kogan ... Officer Babel
Gene Simms Gene Simms ... Flash


Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.

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Action | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

13 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Down and Boogie See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Viola was originally slated to direct this film. Moreover, screenwriter George Armitage also initially expressed interest in directing this film, but decided not to because he was busy working on another script that he sold called "Trophy" that never got made into a movie. See more »


Syreena: [riding by on her motorcycle] The Klan is coming! The Klan is coming! The Klan is coming!
Six Bits: Cash me in!
[tosses money and runs after her]
Syreena: [passes Stuff and Lixie] Follow me!
Lixie: We're with you, sista!
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Crazy Credits

Any similarity between this true life adventure and the story Cinderella ... is bullshit. See more »


Shop Around
Performed by John Gary Williams and The Newcomers
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a cartoon come to life
27 April 1999 | by Katy-13See all my reviews

"Darktown strutters" uses the most elaborate, colorful, and huge props and sets like the interior of the "pot-sicle" freezer complete with an igloo. The costumes are some of the most outlandish in the blaxploitation genre. The biker women wear rhinestoned pink and bright yellow jumpsuits and feather head dresses. The comedy is very basic slapstick which relies a lot on the props and action (like kung-fu moves, pies in the face and other uninteresting activities) rather than interesting dialogue or inventive action. Its overall "weirdness" was so obviously trying to be weird that it became sort of routine.

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