Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)

92 mins | Drama | 1967

Director:

Herbert Danska

Producer:

Lewis Jacobs

Cinematographer:

Victor Solow

Editor:

Gerald Kleppel

Production Company:

Film 2 Associates
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HISTORY

Filmed in New York City and Philadelphia. Rereleased as It Won't Rub Off, Baby! ; also known as Black Love--White Love ... More Less

Filmed in New York City and Philadelphia. Rereleased as It Won't Rub Off, Baby! ; also known as Black Love--White Love . More Less

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LITERARY
Based on the novel Night Song by John Alfred Williams (New York, 1961).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Black Love--White Love
It Won't Rub Off, Baby!
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 30 January 1967
Duration(in mins):
92
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Richie "Eagle" Stokes, a distinguished jazz saxophonist, has become frustrated and embittered by his contact with white society. He attempts to find relief through liquor, drugs, and women, including his white mistress, Candy. One day he meets a down-and-out, white college teacher, David Hillary, who has left his teaching job and torments himself with blame for the death of his wife in an automobile accident. The two men go on a drinking spree that ends when they pass out in an alley. They are brought home by Eagle's devoted friend, Keel Robinson, who offers David a room and a job as a waiter in his all-night coffeehouse. Keel's relationship with his white girl friend, Della, is made difficult by racial barriers. In spite of his mistrust of whites, however, he gradually accepts David; and a warm friendship develops among the three men. At last David finds the strength to return to his teaching job. While walking on campus with the dean one day, David sees a policeman accost Eagle, who, playing a one-night stand nearby, has come to visit him. Angered by Eagle's defiant attitude, the policeman suddenly begins beating him with a club while David stands frozen, unable to speak or move to aid his friend. Some time later, on a trip to the city, David confesses his cowardice to Eagle, who reacts, characteristically, by laughing off the incident and going on a binge. This time he dies from an overdose of heroin. Realizing that they will probably never see each other again, David and Keel say goodby and go their separate ... +


Richie "Eagle" Stokes, a distinguished jazz saxophonist, has become frustrated and embittered by his contact with white society. He attempts to find relief through liquor, drugs, and women, including his white mistress, Candy. One day he meets a down-and-out, white college teacher, David Hillary, who has left his teaching job and torments himself with blame for the death of his wife in an automobile accident. The two men go on a drinking spree that ends when they pass out in an alley. They are brought home by Eagle's devoted friend, Keel Robinson, who offers David a room and a job as a waiter in his all-night coffeehouse. Keel's relationship with his white girl friend, Della, is made difficult by racial barriers. In spite of his mistrust of whites, however, he gradually accepts David; and a warm friendship develops among the three men. At last David finds the strength to return to his teaching job. While walking on campus with the dean one day, David sees a policeman accost Eagle, who, playing a one-night stand nearby, has come to visit him. Angered by Eagle's defiant attitude, the policeman suddenly begins beating him with a club while David stands frozen, unable to speak or move to aid his friend. Some time later, on a trip to the city, David confesses his cowardice to Eagle, who reacts, characteristically, by laughing off the incident and going on a binge. This time he dies from an overdose of heroin. Realizing that they will probably never see each other again, David and Keel say goodby and go their separate ways. +

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