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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

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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 ... Mama Lottie (as Frances Williams)
Reginald Farmer Reginald Farmer ... Sweetman
Don Edmondson Don Edmondson ... Serene (as Tawny Tan)
Larry Greene Larry Greene ... Jimmie 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jive Turkey 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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The production company name in the opening credits has a typo: Ranson, for Ransom. See more »

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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

Just before the end credits, superimposed on the freeze frame of a dead man, three letters flash in succession: THE - DEAD - END. See more »

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In addition to the modern cars...
20 December 2008 | by fearmaker2002See all my reviews

In addition to all the modern cars on the street, everyone in the movie keeps making declarative statements that it is 1956, as in "You know, this is 1956!" Also, all the white men have 70s haircuts and sideburns. The mayor would have been considered a bum, a beatnik or a surfer in 1956. Perhaps a missing subplot about a time machine wasn't fully explored. I don't know why they just didn't make it take place in present day except that the film is supposed to be based on a true story--In 1956!

If you are into blaxploitation, it's not a bad story--the main characters do their best considering the mangled plot, but Serene's secret wasn't much of a secret--if you can't figure it out right away you aren't paying attention even though it's 1956.

The other odd thing (among many odd things) is how this movie ends. It's a real WTF moment. Saying there are loose ends would be an understatement--Especially for 1956.

It's available on the "50 Drive-In Movie Classics" collection. At about 50 cents a movie, I can't complain. It's low budget but has some nudity and some cartoon-like violence. This also appears to be the only movie in this pack that takes place in 1956.


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