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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Joe Bullet (1973)


The banned South African Blaxploitation film has now made it to DVD for our viewing pleasure. 

When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory - Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin. In the end he will have to infiltrate the mysterious gangster's hide-out in a dangerous cat-and-mouse rescue mission to save not only The Eagles' two kidnapped star players, but that of his beautiful love interest, Beauty (Abigail Kubeka). The odds will be stacked against him, but he's the man that fights crime, the man that no one can tie down! Joe Bullet! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

La sirène des tropiques [a.k.a. Siren of the Tropics] (1927)


Marquis Sévéro, a rich, lazy Parisian, wants to divorce his wife so that he can marry his own goddaughter Denise. But Denise herself loves André Berval, an engineer employed by the marquis. Filled with jealousy, the marquis sends André to the Antilles, to prospect some land he has just acquired. He promises André that he can marry Denise if he is successful in the tropics, but he then writes to Alvarez, his manager at the site, asking him to prevent André from ever returning to France. The brutal Alvarez forms an instant hatred for André when the engineer breaks up Alvarez's attempt to rape Papitou, a beautiful native girl. Papitou becomes devoted to André, and protects him against Alvarez's schemes. But she faces a crisis herself when she learns that André plans to marry Denise.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Barbara McNair - If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968, Soundtrack)

This Blaxploitation soundtrack features the soul songtress, Barbra McNair, in "If He Hollers, Let Him Go!" (1968). Complete with a great producers such as Sammy Fain, Harry Sukman, and Coleridge Perkinson with executive producer Mike Curb, you will not be disappointed this gem.

01. A Man Has To Love (Vocals by Barbara McNair)
02. So Tired (Guitar Instrumental)
03. Can't Make It With The Same Man Twice (Vocals by Barbara McNair)
04. So Tired (Instrumental)
05. So Tired (Vocals by Barbara McNair)
06. A Man Has To Love (Guitar Instrumental)
07. Can't Make It With The Same Man Twice (Instrumental)
08. A Man Has To Love (Instrumental)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Man's Duty (1919) [Lost Film]

Lincoln Motion Picture Company. Wealthy man about town, Richard Beverly, and Hubert Gordon are rivals for the affections of Myra Lewis. A drunken binge, contrived by Hubert to embarrass Richard in public, winds up with Richard spending the night in a bordello with a girl named Helen. Learning of the trick the next day, Richard, seeking revenge, engages Hubert in a fight. Hubert hits his head on a rock when he falls down after being hit by Richard. Richard, thinking that he has killed Hubert, flees to a distant city where he spends his time drinking booze all day. It is there that Richard meets Merriam Givens .... Hoping to clear himself of his disgrace so that he can marry Merriam, he writes home and learns that, although Hubert survived the accident, the prostitute Helen is pregnant as a result of their night together in the bordello. Richard confides in Merriam who tells him that the child she has raised is not hers and the he should return home to marry Helen. Upon Richard's return, he learns that Hubert, who has married Myra is really the father of Helen's unborn child. Richard summons Merriam to marry him. 

**This film is considered lost until notified otherwise.**  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gone Are The Days [a.k.a. Purlie Victorious] (1963)

A young, idealistic man returns home to the plantation where he grew up in servitude. With him, he brings his fiance, Lutiebelle, in hopes of convincing the plantation owner that she is really his cousin in order to secure the family inheritance. To aid in the comic complications that follow are his family members Missy and Gitlow, and the plantation owners endearing (but ineffectual) son Charlie.