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Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes (1974)

A numbers king pin tries to stay in business as the mafia and police close in around him.

Director:

Bill Brame

Writers:

Howard Ransom (original story), Elizabeth Ransom (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank DeKova ... Big Tony (as Frank deKova)
Paul Harris ... Pasha
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ... Moma Lottie (as Frances Williams)
Reginald Farmer Reginald Farmer ... Sweetman
Don Edmondson Don Edmondson ... Serene (as Tawny Tan)
Larry Greene Larry Greene ... Jimmy Rush
Ernie Lee Banks ... DuDirty (as Ernie Banks)
Karmello Brooks Karmello Brooks ... Romaine
Henry G. Sanders ... Sam Kingston (as Henry Sanders)
Pat Edwards Pat Edwards ... Pearl
Terry Ransom Terry Ransom ... Little Billy Jones
Curtis Price Curtis Price ... Nathan Jones
Onezene 'Ben' Geyen Onezene 'Ben' Geyen ... Reverend Axle
Ronald Ransom Ronald Ransom ... Gambler
Cal Wilson Cal Wilson ... Young Dude
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Storyline

It's a turf battle over the mean streets of Harlem between Italian mobsters and the black hoodlums living in the neighborhood run by "Big Tony" (Frank DeKove). The fighting becomes intense as each side tries to push the other out, with both groups bringing in their best hit men. Watch for a brutal transvestite mobster who kills with her high-heeled shoes. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Feeling great...Walking tall...Hit my number, That's all! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Nigger Rich on Number 666 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First American Films,Ransom See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits show the title of the movie as "Jive Turkey" See more »

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Early in the film, when white politicians and police are discussing Pasha's numbers racket, a microphone dips into the top of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Big Tony: What are we going to do to settle this mess, anyway? The Chicago bosses are tired of waiting. I'm tired, you're tired. What's the solution?
Pasha: I thought perhaps you might have some ideas. You Italians were always better at that kind of thinking than us poor colored folks.
Big Tony: [chuckling] you're too much. You know, if you knew what I was thinking right now... I've hated you for a long, long time, Hakim and right now at this moment I've got you right here in my hand. I could kill you, you know that. I ...
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Crazy Credits

When the movie finishes, the words 'THE DEAD END' flash on the screen before the credits roll See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »

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Boring blaxploitation
26 December 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

There's a big laugh in this movie's opening, which proclaims what we're going to see is a true story, but then states that the names, places, and events have been changed to protect the innocent - uh, wouldn't all that then make the movie complete fiction? Whether or not the movie has basis in fact, all the same it ends up being an almost complete bore that is badly made. I see other commenters have pointing out the movie's various anachronisms, so I won't bother to list them. But the script and the direction are more of a problem. The movie for the most part is far too serious for its own good, without a sense of fun and with the characters endlessly talking about boring topics. I will say some of the acting by the participants actually is okay, but that only helps a little. Whether you're looking for a serious (while engaging) movie or a blaxploitation romp, this movie simply doesn't work for any audience.


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