Jive Turkey (1976)
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Gave this a look while trawling through the last handfuls of Blaxploitation films that I had yet to see, and this one was unfortunately lesser-known for a reason, as it is a period piece that they obviously couldn't afford to really carry through with, as nothing looked of any other period save for a few vintage autos used here and there, and it was just distracting. Pass, unless you're just crossing stuff off a list the way I was.
The Italian mafia tries to horn in on the ghetto numbers business in 1956 Chicago. Stars Paul Harris and Frank DeKova are too good for this incoherent, exploitative, and occasionally incompetent period blaxploitation picture that features a transvestite hit man.
This film should get 6 stars, its that good. First Black Film that I can say I truly enjoyed. Also know by the title Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes. This is one movie that is very believable. This is about blacks and Italians fight over the same turf. Scenes were real and actors were great. Even the great Chicago Cub player Ernie Banks was in the movie. Also Frank DeKove who was Chief Wild Eagle in F Troop, And how can a movie be bad with an actor like Onezene 'Ben' Geyen in it, with a name like that???? It was his only movie. Its worth the watch.
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