Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings | MetrographThank you! Halfway between a circus and a baseball team, veteran star catcher Bingo Long's barnstorming outfit drives several hundred miles and plays several games a day against anything from local hick white outfits, out to beat the black pros, to the best colored teams in the midwest. They drive fast, sleep where they can often as not, in the prejudiced hinterlands, in one of their two cars , and get their kicks in the rare stopovers in the big cities where they booze and sex it up with the money they hustle up on the road. But money or morale difficulties constantly beset the team just when the going gets good -- from fatigue, from injuries, from their former boss who is not above using a little muscle to bring his ""runaway"" players back to his stable, finally from the white leagues who sign up the best of Bingo's ""All-Stars,"" as Bingo could have been signed up had he been born, say, just ten years later. A fast-paced breezy book about the black boys of summer. There was a problem adding your email address.
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Bingo Long's All Stars Walk through Town
The time is Hitler is moving into Czechoslovakia and making plans to invade Poland. A man in a contemporary newsreel amuses us by eating razor blades. The same newsreel takes us to Yankee Stadium to watch an all-star Negro baseball game. This is the preface to the genial, slapdash, high-spirited and occasionally moving comedy called "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings," about a barnstorming black baseball team in those long-ago, pre-Jackie Robinson days before the major-league ball clubs admitted black players. The film, which opened yesterday at five theaters in New York, stars Billy Dee Williams as Bingo Long, the flashiest pitcher in the entire Negro National League, and James Earl Jones as Leon Carter, the catcher with whom Bingo forms his own ball club when it becomes apparent that the owners black of the Negro teams are the new slave masters. For a comedy whose principal mission is to entertain, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars" also manages to provoke a lot of more sober, subsidiary responses that, happily, never get in the way of the show.