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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

TV-G  |   |  Music  |  14 December 1956 (USA)
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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:
Bill Haley and the Comets ...
Themselves (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Himself
The Treniers ...
Themselves
...
Himself
Dave Appell ...
Himself
Applejacks ...
Themselves
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
Jana Lund ...
Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ...
Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ...
Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Herself - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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Trivia

According to an article in the September 16, 1957 issue of Billboard Magazine, producer Sam Katzman intended to follow this film with a third film featuring Bill Haley and Alan Freed, with production intended to begin in 1958. It was ultimately not produced. See more »

Goofs

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: Well, we have a point to prove Mr. Everett. We'd like to show the rest of the country that Rock and Roll is a safe and sane dance for all young people.
Sunny Everett: It hasn't hurt me any, has it?
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Rip It Up
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A few knocks for this film
7 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is yet another of a group of early R&R films with the same moral...."Parents, don't judge the music of your kids harshly...after all, you were a bunch of flappers back in your day, screaming '23 Skiddoo' while jitterbugging like crazy..." This film would have been better, MUCH better, if they actually had a Rock N Roll guy as the lead. But they had a Bing Crosby type, moaning out some pretty awful tunes. I'm sure there were some very restless teenagers in the theater when this film was released. They probably couldn't wait 'till the REAL rockers came on screen. Once that happened, the film came into it's own. As has been pointed out in earlier posts, these performances are the centerpiece of the film.

In addition to the musical numbers by Haley & the Comets, the Treniers and Little Richard, the dancing was pretty amazing in this movie. Young people of the past could really move, unlike today (also check out YouTube clips of Ronnie Spector dancing at the Pepppermint Lounge during The Beatles '64 tour; clips from the early 70's Soul Train line; and clips from the 80's film "Breakin'" to see what young folks could do during the past decades).

Another bright spot was the performance of Jana Lund as the bratty, teenage nymphet. She did an amazingly sultry dance when first spotted, and you just knew this kitten would be trouble. On top of that, Ms. Lund was wearing the most blatant example of a 50's "Balistic Missle Bra" since Janet Leigh in "Jet Pilot".

All in all, not a bad film, but not as good or as much fun as "Rock Around The Clock".


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