Black Samson (1974)

Black Samson (1974)

Directed by: Charles Bail

Starring: Rockne Tarkington, William Smith, Connie Strickland

So what exactly does the tagline, “Every brothers friend, every mother’s enemy” mean? Are they saying that mothers don’t like him because he has sex with their daughters or something? Or maybe it’s the “jive” definition of mother, which I think means a bad person? Help, I’m too white to decipher this phrase!

Samson is a big black nightclub owner with a big ol’ stick and a pet lion, and he takes it upon himself to keep his neighborhood free from the white devils who peddle drugs and do crimes there. When a particularly sleazy bad guy captures his girlfriend, he goes all stick-twirlin’ crazy on their honky asses, and a good time is had by all.

Ah, blaxploitation movies. Gotta love ’em. I think my only real complaint is that he never used the lion to attack a drug dealer or anything. It just kinda hung out. I guess it was a pacifist lion. I mean, if you’re going to go so far as to have a lion in your action movie, you might as well use it, right? Seems like a waste otherwise.


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