Hangup (1974)

“Super Dude” covers all the cliches of your basic black action movie, but covers them with a certain slickness and style that suggest an above-average director. That turns out to be the case; the director this time is Hollywood veteran Henry Hathaway, who made his first Western in 1932, whose credits range from “Kiss of Death” to “True Grit” (1969), and who has rarely attempted to be other than the maker of superior entertainments. Class tells.

His story this time involves those two standby villains in most blaxploitation, movies: hard drugs and white mobsters, There’s also the heroic black cop (William Elliott) and the soul sister who’s been victimized by smack and turned into a hooker (Marki Bey). And, yes, there’s the obligatory exploding gas tank at the end. It used to be you knew the movie was over when the lights came up or the curtains closed. Now you know it’s over, when the gas tank explodes.