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Book of Numbers (1973)

Book of Numbers (1973)

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Raymond St. Jacques both directs and stars in The Book of Numbers. St. Jacques and Philip Thomas play depression-era African Americans, barely making out an existence as waiters in a deep-south community. Both men decide that there's more money to be had on the shadier side of the law, so they set up a successful rural numbers racket. All goes well until the operation attracts the attention of white crime boss Gilbert Greene. Though no one is particularly admirable in The Book of Numbers, the audience remains firmly on the side of the black characters, if only by default. The film was based on a novel by Robert Dean Phaar.

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Freda Payne
as Kelly Simms
Raymond St. Jacques
as Blueboy Harris
Hope Clarke
as Pigmeat Goins
C.L. Williams
as Blip Blip
D'Urville Martin
as Billy Bowlegs
Jerry Leon
as Joe Gaines
Gilbert Green
as Luis Antoine
Temie Mae Williams
as Sister Clara Goode
Pauline Herndon
as Sister No. 2
Mimi Lee Dodd
as Bus Station Prostitute
Queen Esther Gent
as Mrs. Booker
Irma P. Hall
as Georgia Brown
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