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Trailers from Hell: David DeCoteau on New World Pictures' Blaxploitation Title 'Darktown Strutters'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2013 at 11:27AM

New World Action Pictures! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker David DeCoteau introducing "Darktown Strutters," directed by William Witney (a Tarantino favorite).
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"Darktown Strutters"
"Darktown Strutters"

New World Action Pictures! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker David DeCoteau introducing "Darktown Strutters," directed by William Witney (a Tarantino favorite). 

Veteran western and serial director Witney began his career as a bit player in 1934, cashed in his Hollywood chips with this penultimate, extremely cartoony and uncharacteristic effort. New World picked it up from Roger Corman's brother Gene who produced it with Tennessee financing but was unable to find a distributor. When it proved a bit too bizarre for the general blaxploitation market, NW reissued it two years later as Get Down and Boogie, to similarly meager boxoffice returns. For years this was considered Witney's last feature, but in recent years a German-US western called Showdown at Eagle Gap has surfaced on video from Echo Bridge.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.