Velvet Smooth

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Velvet Smooth
Velvet Smooth.jpg
Directed by Michael L. Fink
Produced by Michael L. Fink
Joel Schild
Marvin Schild
Written by Leonard Michaels
Jan Weber
Starring Johnnie Hill
Cinematography Jay Dubin
Distributed by Howard Mahler Films
Release date
  • June 30, 1976 (1976-06-30)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000
Box office $770,000

Velvet Smooth is a 1976 American blaxploitation film about a crime lord who hires a female private detective to find out who's stealing his business.


Somebody's running a takeover on crime lord King Lathrop's (Owen Watson) operation using bogarts in Hannibal Lector lookin’-like 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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