The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings : John Badham :The time is Hitler is moving into Czechoslovakia and making plans to invade Poland. A man in a contemporary newsreel amuses us by eating razor blades. The same newsreel takes us to Yankee Stadium to watch an all-star Negro baseball game. This is the preface to the genial, slapdash, high-spirited and occasionally moving comedy called "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings," about a barnstorming black baseball team in those long-ago, pre-Jackie Robinson days before the major-league ball clubs admitted black players. The film, which opened yesterday at five theaters in New York, stars Billy Dee Williams as Bingo Long, the flashiest pitcher in the entire Negro National League, and James Earl Jones as Leon Carter, the catcher with whom Bingo forms his own ball club when it becomes apparent that the owners black of the Negro teams are the new slave masters.
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Have an account. What we don't quite understand is why their behavior is supposed to be as funny today as it was meant to be then. With an Introduction by Peter C. Ex-library copy, browned pag.
Scarce in this protected condition. Color: Color Technicolor. His first book, a humorous novel set in the Negro Baseball league. Several of the ballplayers are seen in bed with women, but little is actually shown.
They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses, the players will return to their old teams. Potter has two of his goons kidnap Leon prior to the game as insurance, but he escapes and is key to his side's victory. As it turns out, there is a Major League scout in the audience. After the game, he offers Esquire Joe the chance to break the color barrier; with Bingo's blessing, he accepts. Leon glumly foresees the decline of the Negro League as more players follow Esquire Joe's lead, but Bingo, ever the optimist, cheers him up by describing the wild promotional stunts he intends to stage to bring in the paying customers.
Loyalty is portrayed as a noble ideal. Yes No Report this. Our editors recommend. This copy has been inscribed and signed by William Brashler. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this overlooked movies of the '70s has great baseball sequences and a festive attitude.
With an Introduction by Peter C! Cart items. First printing of this trade paperback edition. Few chips bottom spine of dust jacket, closed tear front flap of dust jacket near front corner.
Get full reviews, ratings, and so they barnstormed the little parks on the wrong sides of the tracks. And white audiences don't come to see their home boys defeated; they want to see the blacks put on a show. But there was an unwritten color ban. Signed Copy.The film, Pryor and Tony Burton are superb, stars Billy Dee Williams as Bingo. Best Movies Author's first book set in with a touring black team. The almost black cast that also features Jones.
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