TRICK BABY (1972)

trick-baby-smThursday, April 24, 8:00 PM
TRICK BABY
(1972, 89 minutes, Dir. Larry Yust)

Presented by Exhumed Films on 16mm
Introduction by Dan Buskirk
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The deal-of-a-lifetime comes at a great cost for aging Philly con man Blue Howard (Mel Stewart) and his protege, “White Folks” (Kiel Martin), a street kid born of parents of mixed race.  With a fortune in swindled cash up-for-grabs and a corrupt cop and gangsters breathing down their necks, Blue and “Folks” have some quick life-changing decisions to make if they’re going to survive the next 24-hrs.  Filmed on the mean streets of Philadelphia by Upper Darby-born director Larry (HOMEBODIES) Yust and adapted from the novel by the legendary Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck), TRICK BABY is a gritty, low-key crime-drama that deserves to be seen.  The city of Philadelphia and locations such as Reading Terminal provide a cold backdrop trickbabyfor a story that looks at racial-social stereotypes from the level of the streets; in the tradition of films like SHAFT (1971), but without the exploitative conventions of most films of the era. (HG)

Shown from a rare, pristine archival 16mm print.  Preceded by a selection of ’70’s TV spots.

Exhumed Films are currently celebrating their 17th year of genre film programming in the city of Philadelphia. They are responsible for the much-loved annual events eX-fest and the 24 Hour Horror-Thon as well as a wide range of spectacular double-features that are held at International House and PhilaMOCA year-round. Visit them at exhumedfilms.com

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