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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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The Goofers
Lord Flea ...
Lord Flea
Nino Tempo ...
Nino Tempo
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Professor Winthrop
George O'Hanlon ...
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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Give your hips a rhythm to sway to! 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 »

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Horn Rock
Written by Nino Tempo
Performed by Nino Tempo and band
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Worth Time For Some of the Music -- Use Fast Forward
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an easy film to mock. The leads can't act. (Nor can the supporting players.) The plot -- something about scientific proof that Calypso was about to replace Rock n' Roll as the reigning pop music --could have been conceived by Ed Wood. The fact that our hero was about to marry a Eugenics professor (yes, they did call it "Eugenics") who was enthusiastic about the genetic make up of their future child was unintentionally creepy. And, agonizingly, the titular Bop Girl cannot sing either Rock or Calypso. (She doesn't try to sing Bop -- for which the shade of Charlie Parker was likely grateful.) But these music movies of the 50s were not about the plot. Plot was an interlude for the kids to start smooching at the drive in. It was about the music. And SOME of that in this film was quite good.

For example, the first six or seven minutes are quite good. The credit sequence is Nino Tempo blowing a very hot r&b sax with a good stomping band. We move to another group (not sure who) singing pretty. Then, alas, we get some very, very, very bad music. Then some lame plot. Then, the highlight, a gentleman named Lord Flea, whose two features in the movie are exceptional. (Want to know where Bob Marley came from? Take a look. Then lobby EMI to get Flea's music re-released.) Generally, the better music is in the first half of the movie. Things start to get increasingly Ed Wooden after that, and the Bop Girl is allowed to sing far, far too often.


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