The Cool World


1h 45m 1964

Brief Synopsis

A young Harlem man rises to power in his street gang after taking inspiration from a Black Muslim preacher who spreads a dogma of hate against white oppressors.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Apr 1964
Production Company
Wiseman Film Productions
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Cool World by Warren Miller (Boston, 1959) and the play The Cool World by Robert Rossen (New York, 22 Feb 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Duke, a black adolescent and member of the Royal Pythons, lives in Harlem with his mother and grandmother. Following the departure of their friend Littleman's father, the Pythons appropriate the apartment, installing Luanne as resident prostitute. Despite the fact that Luanne is Python president Blood's girl friend, she and Duke fall in love. Discovering that Blood is a heroin addict, Duke assumes leadership of the gang. During an idyll at Coney Island, however, Luanne vanishes, and Duke returns to Harlem. During a halfhearted battle with the Wolves, a rival gang, Duke stabs an antagonist. Seeking refuge, he rushes to Python headquarters, where he discovers the corpse of a friend. At home he is apprehended by police.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Apr 1964
Production Company
Wiseman Film Productions
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Cool World by Warren Miller (Boston, 1959) and the play The Cool World by Robert Rossen (New York, 22 Feb 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994.

First-ever film credit for legendary documentary director 'Fred Wiseman' , who served as producer of this non-documentary feature.

Notes

Filmed on location in Harlem. Venice Film Festival (1963) running time: 125 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 1964

Selected in 1994 for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Released in United States Spring April 1964