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Friday, October 28, 2016

Gang Smashers [a.k.a. Gun Moll] (1938)


Nina Mae McKinney, an undercover detective for the police, infiltrates the Dalton mob with intentions of bringing them down.

Teacher, Teacher (1969)


Hamilton Cade (McCallum) is an alcoholic teacher striving to put his life back together. He accepts a job tutoring an "exceptional child" only to find that young Freddie (Billy Schulman) is mentally retarded. A black man (Ossie Davis) who works for Freddie's father (George Grizzard) also becomes interested in teaching the child, and becomes a second role model for him. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Almos' A Man (1976)


Although Dave (LeVar Burton, Roots, Dummy) and his family are poor sharecroppers in the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-olds problem is shared by teenagers today: he stands with one foot in adulthood and the other in childhood. “Almos' A Man”, yet still treated like a child, he struggles for an identity. There's one thing, one symbol of manhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect: a gun.

Dave finds a way to buy a pistol and at last, is ready to pull the trigger for the first time, never again will they call him a boy…But, he trembles, the gun overpowers the boy's body and he loses control - his young life forever changed.  Also starring Madge Sinclair (Cornbread, Earl & Me) and Robert DoQui (Coffy).