She’s Smooth as Velvet

Velvet Smooth is a 1976 American blaxploitation film directed by Michael L. Fink and starring Johnnie Hill. It’s about a crime lord who hires a female private detective to find out who’s stealing his business. Not sure why, but this was the one and only film role for both Hill and co-star Emerson Boozer who had played running back for the New York Jets from 1966 to 1975.

Velvet prepares to whoop some ass.

The Plot

Somebody’s running a takeover on crime lord King Lathrop’s (Owen Watson) operation using bogarts in Hannibal Lecter lookalike masks. Clueless, King Lathrop calls private detective Velvet Smooth (Johnnie Hill) for help. With the help of her friends Ria (Elsie Roman), a lawyer, and Frankie (René Van Clief), she infiltrates the criminal underworld to investigate.

Velvet finds this may be an inside job led by King Lathrop’s man Calvin (James Durrah). When Velvet reports this to Lathrop, he denies it at first but the problems come closer to Calvin. Hurt by it all, Lathrop fires Calvin. Although Lathrop thinks Calvin masterminded the take-over on his own, Velvet remains unconvinced and seeks further to find out who was the man behind the man.

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—SM

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