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Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957)

Approved | | Musical | July 1957 (USA)
To prove his theory that rock and roll is on its way out, a sociologist tries to convince a "bop" singer to switch to calypso, much to the ire of her Hollywood nightclub manager.

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Judy Tyler ...
Jo Thomas
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Robert Hilton
Margo Woode ...
Marion Hendricks
Mary Kaye ...
Mary Kaye (as Mary Kaye Trio)
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Themselves
Lord Flea ...
Himself
Nino Tempo ...
Himself
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Prof. Winthrop
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Barney
Jered Barclay ...
Jerry (as Jerry Barclay)
Judy Harriet ...
YMCA Rehearsal Singer
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To prove his theory that rock and roll is on its way out, a sociologist tries to convince a "bop" singer to switch to calypso, much to the ire of her Hollywood nightclub manager.

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It's a Rock 'n' Roll Riot! See more »

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July 1957 (USA)  »

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Bop Girl  »

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Connections

Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Horn Rock
Written by Nino Tempo
Performed by Nino Tempo and band
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You won't believe your eyes OR your ears!
22 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how to score this movie. If you're like me, once you start watching it, you'll just sit back dumbfounded by the whole premise that Calypso music could have ever been a serious threat to rock and roll as a popular form of music. And how is this determined? Why, how else? A guy with a decibel meter goes to a club showing a rock and roll group, and another club with a calypso band, and he measures the volume of the applause! The applause registers higher at the calypso club so it's 'sorry, rock and roll, calypso's got you beaten'. Yeah, that's how I'd measure it.

Hmm. Does anyone remember any calypso bands? Any calypso hits? Ever been to a calypso concert? I can think of zero, zero, and zero respectively. (Well, actually, maybe that Harry Belafonte thing about 'daylight come and me wanna go home' would count....) However, if you give me a little time, I can probably jot down a couple hundred rock / rock & roll bands, just as many songs, and a couple dozen concerts that I attended. I have to say, I think that guy's decibel meter, scientific as it looked, was not a valid way to measure the popularity of a music form in a culture. Slightly wrong, it was.

Anyhow - this movie has a thin plot and plenty of excuses to make you listen to calypso bands to make sure you know how much you (are supposed to) like calypso music. Oh, yeah, mon! Not. I can almost feel myself blacking out, it's got to be like being violated in some way, letting this movie inflict this tropical racket on your ears! Ow, help.


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