Iceberg Slim, the charismatic pimp turned author brought the gritty streets to the world of literature.
One of his most famous books, ‘Trick Baby’, tells the story of “White Folks,” a blue-eyed, light-haired, con-artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a “Trick Baby,” the child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue.
In 1972 Trick Baby was brought to the screen as a Blaxploitation-style film; directed by Larry Yust and starring Kiel Martin and Mel Stewart.
The movie was produced with a $600,000 budget and was produced independently.
Universal Pictures bought the film for 1 million dollars and the movie grossed 11 million dollars at the US box office.
The cast was not well known before the movie’s release.