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Rock All Night (1957)

 |  Crime, Music, Drama  |  April 1957 (USA)
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Cloud Nine, the local teen hangout, has been taken over by a pair of escaped killers, who hold the local teens hostage. The bartender realizes it's up to him to save the kids.

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Shorty
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Jigger
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Julie
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Mabel
Robin Morse ...
Al
Mel Welles ...
Sir Bop
Richard H. Cutting ...
Steve (as Richard Cutting)
Chris Alcaide ...
Angie
Jonathan Haze ...
Joey
Barboura Morris ...
Syl
Beach Dickerson ...
The Kid (as Beech Dickerson)
Clegg Hoyt ...
Marty
Richard Karlan ...
Jerry
Bruno VeSota ...
Charlie (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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Pete
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A rock and roll film intended for the drive-in, set in a bar where a new singer is auditioning. However, things get complicated when a pair of criminals turn up and take hostages to hold off the police. The payed-off local heavy-guy turns out to be useless, as does a professional boxer, but the situation is resolved by the plucky short guy with a chip on his shoulder (Dick Miller). Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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Some Have to Dance... Some Have to Kill! See more »

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In August 1957, this film was being distributed by American International Pictures on a double bill with another film targeting the teen market, Dragstrip Girl (1957). See more »

Quotes

Al: Why is it everybody is out to see that I lose money? On TV, everybody loves the bartender - they tell him their troubles and everything.
Steve: Would you care to hear my troubles, Al?
Al: I got troubles of my own.
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A lot of fun

Finally got to see this classic Roger Corman cheapie, and of course it's a total blast. The best part obviously is seeing Dick Miller in a rare starring role, and as a tough street kid no less, who takes no guff from anyone and is always making wisecracks.

Miller plays "Shorty" who gets thrown out of one rock joint but ends up in another, where a pretty girl is auditioning and we get introduced to various assorted crazy characters. Eventually two crooks (led by "The Professor" from Gilligan's Island!) come and hold everyone hostage, and Shorty constantly insults the crooks, as well as the cowards in the place who refuse to take a stand.

One of the funniest characters is a "hep cat" beatnik rock manager who comes out with great line after line. Others include a boxer, his sad girlfriend, a wanna-be tough guy, his drunk girl, a reporter, a shake-down artist and more. The musical numbers are good, and it all resolves in just over an hour.

"Rock All Night" is definitely not disappointing is you expect exactly what it is, a fun hour of no-budget film making.


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