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Mister Rock and Roll (1957)

The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.

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Alan Freed ...
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Teddy Randazzo ...
Himself
Lois O'Brien ...
Carole Hendricks
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Himself
Jay Barney ...
Joe Prentiss
Al Fisher ...
Al
Lou Marks ...
Lou
Leo Wirtz ...
Earl George
Ralph Stantley ...
Station Representative
Lionel Hampton ...
Himself
Ferlin Husky ...
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Frankie Lymon ...
Himself
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Himself
Brook Benton ...
Himself
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Himself
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The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.

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The big story of the musical sensation that's swept the world... told by the King of Rock 'N' Roll himself!

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25 April 1958 (Finland)  »

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In 1957, Paramount Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Stowaway Girl (1957). (Stowaway Girl (1957) was distributed under the title "Stowaway Girl".) See more »


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Lucille
Written by Albert Collins and Little Richard
Sung by Little Richard
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Hardly Rock 'n' Roll
13 December 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I recently watched the TV Movie `Mr. Rock 'n' Roll' so when I saw the original feature in the schedules I decided to have a look at it to make a comparison. Well, for me, neither of them is very good but at least the more recent version canvasses the issue of payola (DJ's being paid to play certain records) while the most controversial moment in the original is when Alan Freed, playing himself very badly, confesses `The only thing I'm guilty of is being present at the birth of rock and roll'

Apart from that, in the new version there are bad look-a-likes miming to the original recordings whereas in the fifties film we see some of the actual performers miming to recordings. And a mixed bunch they are! Teddy Randazzo starts with a most inferior Elvis impersonation though he later proves himself quite a reasonable crooner. Incidentally in the acting stakes Teddy makes Elvis look like Sir Laurence Olivier, neither he nor Freed are capable of delivering a line. Brooke Benton has a beautiful rich, deep voice and Frankie Lymon's singing is a highlight. Of the rest Ferlin Huskey, who smokes while singing, is a country & western artist out of place here, Laverne Baker seems to be a novelty or comedy singer while Lionel Hampton tries to be Cab Calloway, fails! I must admit Hampton's xylophone playing is very pleasant but hardly rock and roll. A couple called Fisher & Marks attempt to provide comic relief, succeed in being embarrassing, as are the Moonglows in sombreros singing `Barcelona Rock'. And speaking of embarrassment brings me to Rocky Graziano, an ex-boxer trying to be funny. Enough said.

To sum up, `Mister Rock and Roll' barely qualifies as a movie but if you want to see these artistes maybe it's worth a look.


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