(Blaxploitation film) BLACK BELT JONES [1974] Film script by Oscar Williams


[Los Angeles]: Sequoia Pictures, [1974]. Vintage original film script, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 22 cm.), 87 pp. Screenplay by Oscar Williams, from an original story by Alex Ross and Fred Weintraub. Printed wrappers, mimeograph, an illegible notation is crossed out in ink on title page, overall fine.

Blaxploitation martial arts film directed by Robert Clouse and starring Jim Kelly and Gloria Hendry. The film is a spiritual successor to Clouse’s prior film Enter the Dragon, in which Kelly had a supporting role. Here, Kelly features in his first starring role as the eponymous character, a local hero who fights the Mafia and a local drug dealer threatening his friend’s dojo.

“It’s popcorn, comic-strip entertainment that moves swiftly and has a good kick now and then.” (Donald Bogle, Blacks in American Film, p. 22)

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