This story of a glossed-over Negro's murder by a Dixie policeman is, unfortunately, not much more than an interracial sexploitation film.
This story of a glossed-over Negro’s murder by a Dixie policeman is, unfortunately, not much more than an interracial sexploitation film.Story kicks off as Lee Majors and bride Barbara Hershey come to live with Majors’ uncle Lee J. Cobb, while Yaphet Kotto comes home to murder bestial cop Arch Johnson. Roscoe Lee Browne is town’s Negro funeral director, the title character who seeks a divorce (the liberation) from unfaithful wife Lola Falana. Her lover is Anthony Zerbe, Johnson’s police buddy. The well-structured plot [from the novel The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones by Jesse Hill Ford] finds lawyer Cobb trying to avoid an open-court revelation that a white married cop is a Negro woman’s lover.
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Columbia. Director William Wyler; Producer Ronald Lubin; Screenplay Sterling Silliphant, Jesse Hill Ford; Camera Robert Surtees; Editor Robert Swink, Carl Kress; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Kenneth A. Reid
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 102 MIN.
Lee J. Cobb Anthony Zerbe Roscoe Lee Browne Lola Falana Lee Majors Barbara Hershey