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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Super Spook (1974)

Leonard Jackson (Five on the Blackhand Side, The Color Purple) is Super Spook! He doesn't fit the mold of your typical handsome black action hero. He's short, old, and out of rhythm from the cats up in Harlem. After a Harlem numbers lady (Virginia Fields) is robbed in Central Park, her daughter  hires Super Spook to solve her case before the mob and a crooked undercover cop (Tony King, Report to the Commissioner, Hell Up In Harlem) come down on her mom. Can Super Spook find the robber named Hi-Yo (Bill Jay) before the crooked cops do? Or will Super Spook be caught in the non-stop lunacy with strange and odd people as he tries to unravel the mystery.

Super Spook was created by a group of independent Black filmmakers. Eight of them went out and made history by ad-libbing a movie with no money, no script, no crew, and no equipment, and filmed it in 9 days in 1972. It became one of the first real independent Black motion pictures, with music videos, in the history of Black Cinema.