Sunday, February 13, 2011
Movie Ad of the Week: THE ADVENTURES OF TAKLA MAKAN + co-features (1975)
THE ADVENTURES OF TAKLA MAKAN is the Toshiro Mifune/Toho Studios co-production KIGANJÔ NO BÔKEN (1966), also known as ADVENTURES IN KIGAN CASTLE, a rousing adventure-fantasy similar to the same production team's 1963 hit SAMURAI PIRATE (U.S. title: THE LOST WORLD OF SINBAD). Stuart Galbraith IV doesn't think too highly of either film in his book The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, but they're both a lot of fun.
The second feature, BLACK BELT JONES, was from the makers of ENTER THE DRAGON and starred Jim Kelly, one of the stars of that film. It began its theatrical rollout through Warner Brothers beginning in January of 1974. Dennis Coffey's awesome "Theme from Black Belt Jones" b/w "Love Theme from Black Belt Jones" was issued as a single by Warner Brothers/Sussex.
TNT JACKSON was a New World Pictures release that first showed up in theaters in January '75. The titular character was played by Playboy Playmate Jeanne Bell (Miss October 1969) and the script, co-written by character actor Dick Miller, was later remade as FIRECRACKER (1981) by the same director, Cirio H. Santiago.
On the second screen are two hardcore interracial sex films. BLACK GIRL is most likely BLACK GIRLS (ca. 1974), starring Sara Brown, Lucy Jones, Gem Black and Peter Stone. It was advertised with the following warning: "If you would be offended by adults of both the black and white races mixed...the management respectfully requests that you do not attend this motion picture." BLACK NEIGHBORS (ca. 1975) featured "New York screen star Farrow Jones" and the ads touted it as a "black and white delight in sensuous color."