Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Endangered List (Case File #21)

Serious Exploitation's Eric Harvey and I have been wondering about the super obscure Wildman Steve movie AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE A HONKEY! for a couple of years now. As far as we know, it only played a couple of theaters in Wildman's home state of Florida in the early '80s, and until we posted about it on AV Maniacs last year there was no trace of it anywhere on the Internet. We now have more information about this elusive film thanks to Temple of Schlock reader Mike MacCollum, who e-mailed us the following article from a 1976 issue of Boxoffice magazine:

"Harder Says Lensing Done on 'Just Like a Honkey'"

TAMPA, FLA. -- Charles Hardon, director of Gulf-United Productions' "Ain't That Just Like a Honkey," reports that photography on the screen romp, described as a "sort of black-humor laugh-in," was completed Thursday (June 10). The 85-minute color feature, produced by Jerry Kohake and starring black nightclub entertainer Wildman Steve, is charted for July release.

Wildman Steve is featured as narrator for a film clip sequence, according to Harder. "While most of the humor is black-oriented, it is in good taste and a possible cross-over of the film into the white market may result," the director said.

In addition to his reputation as a nightclub entertainer, Wildman Steve has recorded eight comedy/party albums (Laff Records) and he received rave reviews in the June issue of Penthouse magazine.

"Ain't That Just Like a Honkey" was photographed by John E. Cosgrove, with sound by Peter Kouris.

(Boxoffice, June 28th, 1976, p.4)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

actually, it played in my hometown of albany, georgia at the state theater, which frequently hosted the old-school double features, whether they be the kung-fu or blaxploitation sets. this was a place that you could sit in the balcony and partake in your drug of choice. it had the red velvet curtains and all.