Cinema: Infield Hit

THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS

Directed by JOHN BADHAM

Screenplay by HAL BARWOOD and MATTHEW ROBBINS

This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits. Although it never fulfills the richest possibilities in the raffish misadventures of a barnstorming black baseball team of the 1930s, it does come close from time to time.

The screenplay by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins is full of prime ideas and opportunities, like a sequence in which the newly formed All-Stars learn how to parade into a small Midwestern town. First they Tom it up, as if auditioning for a minstrel show, then...

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