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The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 24 October 1951 (USA)
Abe Saperstein, owner/manager of the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional basketball team, signs Billy Townsend, an All-American, to play with the "Globetrotters."... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harlem Globetrotters ... The Harlem Globetrotters (as The Harlem Globetrotters)
Thomas Gomez ... Coach Abe Saperstein
Dorothy Dandridge ... Ann Carpenter
Bill Walker ... Prof. Turner
Angela Clarke ... Sylvia Saperstein
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Martin (as Peter Thompson)
Billy Brown Billy Brown ... Billy Townsend (Globetrotter)
Roscoe Cumberland Roscoe Cumberland ... Roscoe - Globetrotter
William 'Pop' Gates William 'Pop' Gates ... 'Pop' Gates - Globetrotter
Marques Haynes Marques Haynes ... Marques - Globetrotter
Louis 'Babe' Pressley Louis 'Babe' Pressley ... 'Babe' Pressley - Globetrotter
Ermer Robinson Ermer Robinson ... Elmer Robinson - Globetrotter
Ted Strong Ted Strong ... Ted Strong - Globetrotter
Reece 'Goose' Tatum Reece 'Goose' Tatum ... 'Goose' Tatum - Globetrotter
Frank Washington Frank Washington ... Frank Washington - Globetrotter


Abe Saperstein, owner/manager of the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional basketball team, signs Billy Townsend, an All-American, to play with the "Globetrotters." Saperstein want Billy to finish school first and get his degree but, despite the good advice, Billy quits college and joins the team. He becomes the team star, gets married although it is against the team regulations, and is injured. As a result, the team loses an important game and Billy is fired. He signs a big-money contract to play with another team in the following season. but when he hears that his old team needs him. he forgoes the big money and rejoins the "Globetrotters." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeones de ébano See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goose, Marcus, & Dorothy
14 February 2000 | by ChazzzzzSee all my reviews

This Dorothy pays a visit to the Globetrotters' version of OZ. I remember seeing Goose Tatum and Marcus Haynes in action: I don't think too many of today's NBA player could dribble like Marcus could, and I think it was Goose that KICKED the ball (all net!) through the basket from mid-court in their football routine! This film is a bit on the dated side, but one has to be reminded that the Globetrotters used to play NBA teams from time to time, coming out on top most of the time. Solid 7, tho its historic value is much greater.

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