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Black Samson / 30×40 / USA

20.09.12

Poster Poster

Excellent artwork on this 30×40 poster for the 1974 entry into the blaxploitation genre, Black Samson. The film was directed by Charles Bail, who also had a career as an actor and starred in several TV series throughout the 1960s, including The Big Valley and Batman (as a henchman). He was also a prolific stuntman and stunt coordinator, lending his talents to such films as The Green Berets and Freebie and the Bean. This film was his directorial debut but he went on to work on another blaxploitation caper, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975) and the road race comedy The Gumball Rally (1976).

The plot follows nightclub owner Samson (the brilliantly named Rockne Tarkington), who keeps his neighbourhood clear of drugs and crime, face up against a mob gang led by Johnny Nappa (William Smith) who are trying to muscle in on his territory. Carol Speed (The Mack) stars as Samson’s love interest, alongside his pet lion and gigantic bashing stick!

I’m unsure who is responsible for the artwork on this poster so please get in touch if you have an idea.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

 

Melinda / 30×40 / USA

10.05.12

Poster Poster
Title
Melinda
AKA
--
Year of Film
1972
Director
Hugh A. Robertson
Starring
Calvin Lockhart, Rosalind Cash, Vonetta McGee, Paul Stevens, Rockne Tarkington, Ross Hagen, Renny Roker, Judyann Elder, Jim Kelly
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Calvin Lockhart, Rosalind Cash, Vonetta McGee, Paul Stevens, Rockne Tarkington, Ross Hagen, Renny Roker, Judyann Elder, Jim Kelly,
Type of Poster
30x40
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1972
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
30 2/16" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
72/306
Tagline
YOUR kind of black film

The late Calvin Lockhart stars as the smooth-talking DJ Frankie J. Parker in this 1972 revenge drama, an early entry into the so-called blaxploitation genre. One night Parker meets the titular lady, played by Vonetta McGee (who also starred in Blacula and Hammer the same year), and takes her back to his place for a spot of the old horizontal mambo. The next morning Melinda is found dead and when Parker realises it’s the fault of the local mob he teams up with a few old friends, including Charles Atkins (Jim Kelly, star of Black Belt Jones in his first screen role), to seek revenge and clear his name.

Lockhart is perhaps best known for his role as the gangster ‘Biggie Smalls’ in the 1975 boxing film Let’s Do It Again, also starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. The character name would later be appropriated by the now deceased rapper Christopher Wallace (AKA The Notorious B.I.G.). He also starred as the memorable character King Willie in Predator 2 (“You can’t see the eyes of the demon, until him come callin’.”)

One can only surmise as to who the ‘Your’ in the tag-line was aimed at originally. I’m unsure who is responsible for the artwork on this poster, so if you have an idea please get in touch. Frustratingly, the film has not been released on an official DVD yet.

Fists of Steel / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Fists of Steel
AKA
--
Year of Film
1991
Director
Jerry Schafer
Starring
Carlos Palomino, Marianne Marks, Henry Silva, Alexis Arguello, Robert Tessier, Rockne Tarkington, Tim Rossovich, Sam Melville
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Carlos Palomino, Marianne Marks, Henry Silva, Alexis Arguello, Robert Tessier, Rockne Tarkington, Tim Rossovich, Sam Melville,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1991
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
26 15/16" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
They terrorized his country, they murdered his father, now they must answer to him!

Bad Man / quad / UK

21.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Bad Man
AKA
The No Mercy Man (USA) | Fire in the Wind (UK - video title)
Year of Film
1973
Director
Daniel Vance
Starring
Steve Sandor (as Stephen Sandor), Rockne Tarkington, Richard X. Slattery, Heidi Vaughn, Mike Lane (as Michael Lane), Ron Thompson, David Booth, Daniel Oaks
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Steve Sandor (as Stephen Sandor), Rockne Tarkington, Richard X. Slattery, Heidi Vaughn, Mike Lane (as Michael Lane), Ron Thompson, David Booth, Daniel Oaks,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1976
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Tom Chantrell
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
When he was good he was very very good But when he was bad... he was BLOODY!