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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 ...
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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 ...
Himself
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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Baby Doll
Written and sung by Chuck Berry
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not the best, but enjoyable
26 March 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Mr. Rock and Roll is another in a series of quickly produced movies that give us all a glimpse into early rock and roll. This film could have been a GREAT film but, for some reason, it seems like most of the acts chose their worst songs for this movie. Laverne Baker is a case in point, and whatever made the great Moonglows wear mexican outfits (sombrero's even!) and do a horrible song "Barcelona Rock"? Ugh! Ferlin Husky's tunes are forgettable and what on earth is a Shaye Cogan? Lionel Hampton seems just as mis placed as country star Ferlin Husky. Historically speaking, this would be our last look at Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (they dis-banded shortly after the film was released). Their two numbers are not their best, but very good. Teddy Randazzo's songs are well done (he sings, among others, "Kiddio", which was a hit for co-star and friend Brook Benton some years later). Teddy also gives a fine acting performance as does Alan Freed.

With better songs, Mr. Rock and Roll would be a classic, but if you enjoy early rock and roll, this is still a good movie to see.


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