|All Night Long 1962 N/R, 95 min.|
Director: Basil Dearden
Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Marti Stevens, Betsy Blair, Keith Michell, Richard Attenborough, Paul Harris, Bernard Beaden, Maria Velasco, Harry Towb, Marti Stevens, Dave Brubeck, Carol White, Jennifer White, Nick Edmett, Michael Corcoran
Good jazz is what makes this film work in this story that is based on Shakespeare's "Othello." The Othello character is bandleader Aurelius Rex (Paul Harris), and the Desdemona character is Aurelius' wife and band singer Delia Lane (Marti Stevens). The Iago character, Johnny Cousin (Patrick McGoohan), rounds out the ensemble as the band's drummer who tries to ruin their marriage and take over the band by spreading rumors that Delia is unfaithful to Aurelius.
|For Love of Ivy 1968 G, 101 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Daniel Mann
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin, Lauri Peters, Carroll O'Connor, Leon Bibb, Hugh Hurd, Lon Satton, Stanley Greene, Paul Harris, Tony Major, Clark Morgan, Bob Carey, Christopher St. John
When their housekeeper Ivy Moore (Abbey Lincoln) announces that she is ready to quit her job working for the Austin family, Frank Austin (Carroll O'Connor) and his children conspire to find a husband for Ivy. They do–in the person of gambler Jack Parks (Sidney Poitier), a dyed-in-the-wool bachelor, who is won over by Ivy. The title song received an Oscar nomination for Best Song.
|The Mack 1973 R, 110 min.|
Director: Michael Campus
Cast: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor, Carol Speed, Roger E. Mosley, William Watson, George Murdock, Dick Anthony Williams, Juanita Moore, Paul Harris, Lee Duncan, Sandra Brown, Kai Hernandez, Annazette Chase, Stu Gilliam
Recently released from prison, Goldie (Max Julien) sets up a prostitution ring and wins the award for Mack of the Year. In the process, he must deal with rival pimp Pretty Tony (Don Gordon), crooked cops, and drug dealers. Goldie decides to clean up the streets and gets help from his brother Olinga (Roger E. Mosley) and sidekick Slim (Richard Pryor). The corrupt cops kill Goldie's mother (Juanita Moore) and frame Goldie. Now, the brothers part, but Olinga returns in time to save Goldie, and they kill the corrupt cops.
|Truck Turner 1974 R, 91 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Cast: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols, Sam Laws, Paul Harris, Charles Cyphers, Scatman Crothers, Dick Miller, John Kramer, Bob Harris, Jac Emil, Stan Shaw, Wendell Tucker
Mack "Truck" Turner (Isaac Hayes), a former football star, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down an evil pimp. Truck kills the pimp in self defense, which incurs the wrath of the pimp's woman (Nichelle Nichols). She hires the ruthless hit man Harvard Blue (Yaphet Kotto) and his gang of killers to exact revenge on Truck. Standard "blaxpoitation" with musical score by–you guessed it–Isaac Hayes.
|1. All Night Long (1962)|
2. For Love of Ivy (1968)
3. The Mack (1973)
4. Truck Turner (1974)
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