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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

TV-G | | Music | 14 December 1956 (USA)
A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Haley's Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Alan Freed
The Treniers ...
The Trenirs
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Dave Appell ...
Dave Appell
Applejacks ...
The Applejacks
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
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Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
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Mayor George Bagley
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Influential Citizen Tom Everett
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Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

Arnie Haines is one of the stars of the new musical genre called rock 'n' roll. He is tired of touring, so he and his band decide to take a vacation in their hometown Mellondale. When they arrive, they are welcomed with great enthusiasm by the local youth. Mayor Bagley interferes and forbids them to play in the town, because he doesn't want them to demoralize the youth. The much-feared columnist Arlene MacLaine is brought to Mellondale by her daughter Francine, who is trying to cajole her mother to appreciate rock 'n' roll. But in Arlene's next column in nationwide media, she denounces Arnie Haines and rock 'n' roll. Francine contacts Arnie. On a visit to the beach they not only make up plans on how to change her mother's opinion, but also fall in love. Their plan is to organize a big rock 'n' roll show in the small town Friesville, and bring her mother there. The local mayor Tom Everett agrees to let them hire Friesville Palladium. His daughter Sunny is immediately infatuated by ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Trivia

As with Rock Around the Clock (1956), all songs are performed lip-synched to previously released records. It's worth noting, however, that Bill Haley and the Comets' instrumental "Goofin' Around" seen performed here is a different take than the version the band released on record. See more »

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The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Haines: He seems to think that running around in my underwear or getting thrown out of my hotel is news. And does that sound like news to you guys?
Member of Applejacks: If you were Kim Novak, it might.
Arnie Hains: Oh, very funny.
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Follows Rock Around the Clock (1956) See more »

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Written by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer
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ENJOYABLE MOVIE FEATURING EARLY ROCK 'N' ROLL STARS
23 July 1999 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

This film is very much of it's time. Sam Katzman produced a number of films featuring record stars and this is one of the best. The star is Alan Dale, who was one of the leading pop singers of the day. Dale was in the forefront of the post-Sinatra generation of crooners, and his versatility ranged from opera to rock 'n' roll. This diversity made him a perfect choice for the role of a rock singer with a "serious" side. Dale's romantic interest is played by Patricia Hardy, who soon afterward married actor Richard Egan and retired.

The main reason for these films was, of course, the records acts --- most of whom were seldom if ever seen on network television (Bill Haley and the Comets being an exception). In fact, outside of major urban areas, someone like Little Richard was not even played on most RADIO stations (who chose instead to play Pat Boone's versions of "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Fruitti"!). But, thanks to films like this, people in Pocatello and Salt Lake City were able to experience these seminal rock 'n' roll performers. It's a fun film.


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