Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

1974

Crime / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 4.5

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Reviewed by fearmaker2002 4

In addition to all the modern cars on the street, everyone in the movie keeps making declarative statements that it is 1956, as in &quot;You know, this is 1956!&quot; Also, all the white men have 70s haircuts and sideburns. The mayor would have been considered a bum, a beatnik or a surfer in 1956. Perhaps a missing subplot about a time machine wasn&#39;t fully explored. I don&#39;t know why they just didn&#39;t make it take place in present day except that the film is supposed to be based on a true story--In 1956!<br/><br/>If you are into blaxploitation, it&#39;s not a bad story--the main characters do their best considering the mangled plot, but Serene&#39;s secret wasn&#39;t much of a secret--if you can&#39;t figure it out right away you aren&#39;t paying attention even though it&#39;s 1956.<br/><br/>The other odd thing (among many odd things) is how this movie ends. It&#39;s a real WTF moment. Saying there are loose ends would be an understatement--Especially for 1956.<br/><br/>It&#39;s available on the &quot;50 Drive-In Movie Classics&quot; collection. At about 50 cents a movie, I can&#39;t complain. It&#39;s low budget but has some nudity and some cartoon-like violence. This also appears to be the only movie in this pack that takes place in 1956.

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Reviewed by dbborroughs 6

This is a low budget, made on the cheap film that does possess some charm. The problem is that it meanders all over the place and never picks up any real steam. The plot begins with a sit down between Pasha and his Italian gangster counter part Big Tony (played by the top billed Frank DeKova aka Chief Wild Eagle from F-Troop in the first of his two scenes). Tony tells Pasha he has to hand everything over to him and his boys or they will kill him. Pasha&#39;s girl kills Tony&#39;s man, which you would think woulds spark a gang war, it doesn&#39;t, instead it spurs the Mayor to try and close Pasha down. This leads to the numbers operation being moved, police raids and some talk about fighting back. The Italian mob does try to kill Pasha but it never amounts to much. This is a black-ploitation crime drama that is short on action.<br/><br/>The problem seems to be that they had almost no money to make this movie. its suppose to be set in 1956 but people wear clothes from the 1970&#39;s and the streets are filled with cars made well after 56. I&#39;m guessing that they couldn&#39;t afford any money for blanks, or if they did they didn&#39;t have very many. What violence there is tends to be fist fights or beatings, which can be very bloody. Its disappointing especially after the opening scene. I had the sense while watching it that this was suppose to be a larger, more detailed story (there are details hanging off the screen that seem to connect to a longer story) and it wasn&#39;t filmed because of money or the film was unfinished.<br/><br/>Its a messy movie but I liked it. The writing is at times sharp and witty, even if the cast isn&#39;t up to it. There are numerous lines of dialog that deserve to be quoted. You have a bunch of interesting characters that seem very real. I also liked that the plot never went where you expected it to go, even though it became clear early this was headed for left field by a completely new route. Its best described as a low budget attempt at something other than your typical crime drama (black or white). No it won&#39;t win any awards but if you&#39;re an adventurous film goer it deserves to be seen, if for no other reason than to imagine it remade by Mario Van Peebles, Quentin Tarantino or the Hughes Brothers. You probably won&#39;t rave, but it will stick in your head.

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Reviewed by VonCouch 5

I just saw this film a few days ago under the name &quot;Jive Turkey&quot;. In it, a numbers kingpin tries to keep control of his empire. In the process, he has to go against the Italian mob, the cops, snitches and all kinds of unscrupulous folks.<br/><br/>As far as low-budget blaxploitation goes (and really, what isn&#39;t?), it&#39;s not that bad. The acting is decent, sometimes even good. The direction and cinematography is competent, sometimes even great. But what really stands out here is the story. Yeah, yeah. Same old brother-against-whitey plot that&#39;s in 99 out of a hundred of blaxploitation films. But there&#39;s a desperation in there that shines through. The best example is a scene of Russian roulette between the kingpin and the mafia boss. It&#39;s actually fairly well acted and well written.<br/><br/>There&#39;s some confusing moments, like what the hell is up with the murdering-psycho man-girl that everyone wants to bang? And there&#39;s sprinkles of cheesy acting and poor production values. But there&#39;s actually a lot in here that, given better people behind it, could equal a pretty damned good movie. As it is, however, it&#39;s certainly above average on the Z-grade blaxploitation flick.<br/><br/>All in all, recommended.

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