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The Cool World (20-Apr-1964)

Director: Shirley Clarke

Writers: Shirley Clarke; Carl Lee; Robert Rossen

From novel: The Cool World by Warren Miller

Keywords: Crime, Harlem, New York

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Val Bisoglio
7-May-1926   Danny Tovo on Quincy
Antonio Fargas
14-Aug-1946   Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch
Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz Musician
21-Oct-1917 7-Jan-1993 Be-bop jazz trumpeter
Mel Stewart
19-Sep-1929 24-Feb-2002 Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Billy Taylor
Jazz Musician
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Clarence Williams III
21-Aug-1939   Linc in The Mod Squad


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Jul-2006)

Some of the scenes in this movie was shot in my neighborhood; 139th. Street, Frederick Douglass JHS, and the Lenox Ave playground. I must have been around 16 or 17 years old at the time. I was approached to play a part playing basketball in the school yard of Fredrick Douglass JHS but was not chosen because I was too short. When I saw the movie back in 1964, there was a cameo of me walking up 139th. St. with a stick in my hand tapping on the school yard fence (I had quit a few nicknames; Stick Man, June Bug, etc.) I saw the film again on Monday 07/03/06. It brought back lots of memories of my past growing up in Harlem in those days. I was still in the movie but my cameo was cut down to a few seconds. I will try to purchase the film so I can get a better look at myself and my old neighborhood. I enjoyed the movie very much and give it 4 stars.

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