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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Melinda (1972)


Blaxploitation superstars Calvin Lockhart, Rosalind Cash, Vonetta McGee and Jim Kelly take on the mob in this super-charged, action-packed thriller. When Melinda Lewis (McGee) is found brutally murdered in his L.A. apartment, smooth-talking disk jockey Frankie J. Parker (Lockhart) turns sleuth to clear his name. Chased and attacked by junkies, dealers and thugs, Frankie soon learns Melinda is the ex-mistress of a Chicago mobster and has evidence the gangster wants back. Enlisting the aid of a jealous ex-flame (Cash) and a karate master from the hood (Kelly, in his screen debut), Frankie sets out to track down the mob boss who framed him and avenge Melinda's death. 

Link to soundtrack review
Jerry Peters and Jerry Butler - Melinda (1972)


Visuals said...

Heyyy! I didn't know my man J Kelly played in this joint. Gonna check it out.

Unknown said...

Definitely one of the underrated black films of the 70's! I saw it probably five times at the movie theater. Owned the soundtrack too. Great music ... Jerry 'Ice Man' Butler sings the theme song beautifully.

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