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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

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John Badham

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William Brashler (based on the novel by), Hal Barwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Dee Williams ... Bingo Long (P)
James Earl Jones ... Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
Richard Pryor ... Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Rico Dawson Rico Dawson ... Willie Lee Shively, All-Star (RF)
Sam 'Birmingham' Brison Sam 'Birmingham' Brison ... Louis Keystone - All-Star - SS (as 'Birmingham' Sam Brison)
Jophery C. Brown ... Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Leon Wagner Leon Wagner ... Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)
Tony Burton ... Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry John McCurry ... Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)
Stan Shaw ... Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star (CF)
Otis Day ... Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)
Ted Ross ... Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces
Mabel King ... Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
Sam Laws ... Henry Dunbar, Owner of Baltimore Elite Giants
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers
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Storyline

Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses, the ... Written by SL

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Taglines:

In 1939, to laugh, you listened to the radio, to cry, you went to the movies, for excitement, you went to the ballgame. But if you wanted all three, there was only Bingo Long. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bingo See more »

Filming Locations:

Monticello, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Earl Jones and Billy Dee Williams share names which contain a middle name, as well (Mr. Williams actual middle name is "December", but shortened for his professional name). Both use their full name as the screen union(s) (SAG and AFTRA used to be seperate unions) would not allow more than one actor to use a (full) name, and as there were a "James Jones", and a "Billy (or William) Williams", it enabled them both to legitimately keep their given names, professionally. See more »

Goofs

In the 9th inning of the game to decide the fate of the All-Stars, Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) hits a 3-run homer to win the game 3-2. Unfortunately, he stepped out of the batter's box and over the top of home plate to hit the ball because the other team was trying to intentionally walk him. Rule 6.06(a) states that a batter is out if he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box. Leon should be out and the score should revert to 2-0. See more »

Quotes

Leon Carter, All-Star: Bingo, we got our backs up against the wall, no place to go. What do you say we get back in the car and go back where we come from? It's all over, man.
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with an older version of the Universal Studios logo, as part of the opening news reel. See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)
Written by Berry Gordy and Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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I had a fun time finally watching The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
20 February 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having once stumbled onto this movie on TV years ago but not watching past the opening credits, I finally got to see the whole thing on YouTube right now. A fictional account of one Negro League baseball team during the late '30s, this is quite a fun picture despite some occasionally serious issues permeating some of the narrative. Billy Dee Williams plays the title character, James Earl Jones is his charismatic buddy who's also good at batting as seen in the early scenes when Billy pitches at him. And Richard Pryor does a funny turn pretending to be Cuban in order to break in the white national teams. Unfortunately, the YT upload skipped on some of his lines and maybe scenes. Still, this was quite a fun movie to watch especially near the end which I won't reveal. So on that note, I highly recommend The Bing Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.


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