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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

 -  Musical  -  June 1959 (USA)
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Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Freed ...
Himself
Jimmy Clanton ...
Johnny Melody
Sandy Stewart ...
Julie Arnold
...
Himself
Jackie Wilson ...
Himself
...
Himself
The Cadillacs ...
Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell ...
Herself
The Flamingos ...
Themselves
Harvey Fuqua ...
Himself (as Harvey)
Eddie Cochran ...
Himself
Jimmy Cavallo ...
Himself (as Jimmy Cavalio and the House Rockers)
Herb Vigran ...
Bill Barnett
...
Harold Arnold
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Harold Arnold
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Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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You know- like I mean- it's way out!

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June 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dai Johnny dai!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ritchie Valens credited Little Richard as an influence, as seen here in his performance of "Ooh My Head", later recreated by Lou Diamond Phillips in La Bamba (1987). He had developed his own "sound" just a short time later. See more »

Connections

Featured in Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

MAMA, CAN I GO OUT
Performed by Jo Ann Campbell
Courtesy of Gone Records
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User Reviews

 
This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie...
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie. With about 20 songs from performers such as Jimmy Clanton (the lead), Chuck Berry, Eddy Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens and The Cadillacs and more, if you like 50's rock, then you will like the music in this one. This is definitely not a movie for plot or acting, but instead just plain musical fun.

Some of the best performances are Jump Children by the Flamingos and Please Mr. Johnson by the Cadillacs. Also, the rare clip of the legendary Ritchie Valens makes this movie well worthwhile. It's too bad he didn't perform one of his hits like Donna, La Bamba or Come On Let's Go, but instead wailed with Ooh, My Head! A lot of this movie is very campy and adds to its charm. Because of this and especially because of the music I'd rate this a 7+ on a scale of 10. Jimmy Clanton was a good choice for the lead. His voice and mannerisms bring back memories of a much more innocent era.


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