COME BACK CHARLESTON BLUE (harlem detectives) (1972 U.S.) D: MARK WARREN W: BONTCHE SCHWEIG/PEGGY ELLIOTT P: SAMUEL GOLDWYN JR.
Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques return as Harlem detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson in this follow-up to COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, based on Chester Himes` The Heat`s On. The plot involves stolen turkeys, a series of bizarre murders and bombings and a benevolent-seeming black gangster taking over the dope racket from the Italian mafioso (clearly based on Frank Lucas, and interestingly much more critical of his actions than the later AMERICAN GANGSTER). Some ideas (like a crooked crossdressing nun) are borrowed from other novels in Himes` Jones & Johnson series of novels (all recommended by the way). It`s not as good as COTTON, but quite an enjoyable watch, with great location photography including a cemetery shootout and a car chase. With Percy Rodrigues, Leonardo Cimino, Adam Wade, Philip Michael Thomas (making his debut the same year he starred in STIGMA), an uncredited Tamara Dobson (soon to become CLEOPATRA JONES) and Associate Producer Al Fann. Music supervised by Quincy Jones. No-one tried to adapt Himes again until A RAGE IN HARLEM in 1991.

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