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Calypso Heat Wave (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | June 1957 (USA)
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Johnny Desmond ...
Johnny Conroy
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Marti Collins
Meg Myles ...
Mona DeLuce
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Mack Adams
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Alex Nash
Michael Granger ...
Barney Pearl
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Books
The Treniers ...
The Treniers
The Tarriers ...
The Tarriers
The Hi-Los ...
The Hi-Los
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Dick Whittinghill
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Johnny's Duet Partner
Pierce Lyden ...
Hi-Fi
Gil Perkins ...
First Thug
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What a carnival of Calypso talent!

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Drama | Musical

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Juke Box Jamboree  »

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Film debut of Alan Arkin. See more »

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The scenes in the Disco Records studio showing records being made depict the recordings being done direct to acetate or lacquer master discs. By 1957 all records were being made with tape recorders; the tapes were later mastered to discs in labs set up for that purpose. See more »

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Where "THE END" would normally appear, we are treated to "DAT'S ALL, MON!" See more »


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My Sugar Is So Refined
Written by Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Do Re Mi
14 March 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Another Sam Katzman Special which somehow manages to work. A mobbed-up jukebox operator goes into the song production business and turns out to have a knack for finding talent.

A large part of the movie's success is due to the effective and subtle camera work of Benjamin Kline, a man who worked as cinematographer for fifty years, for talents as diverse as Tom Mix and the Three Stooges. In this one he gives you a lot of long, leisurely takes with a slowly moving camera during the story scenes and then switches tempo effectively for the musical numbers.

A kind word should also be reserved for director Fred Sears, who averaged five movies a year and had a busy acting career going -- and died in his mid-forties the year he made this. The decent performances he gets out of poor actors indicates, as few others of his cheapjack movies do, that had he lived longer, he might have turned into a very good director.

There's also a chance to play 'spot the talent'. Try to find Joel Grey a decade before his Broadway breakout in CABARET and even Maya Angelou. It's amazing the talent that Katzman could pick up on the cheap -- even when he couldn't think of what to do with it.


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