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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

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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Alan Freed ...
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Johnny Melody
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Julie Arnold
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Himself
Jackie Wilson ...
Himself
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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)
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Bill Barnett
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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)  »

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Dai Johnny dai!  »

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Though the film was released in mid 1959, the artists who appear perform their songs from early 1958 and not the hit tunes advertised, in promotional material, as being in the film, as was often the case in Alan Freed films. "Donna"(1958-59) by Ritchie Valens, "Lonely Teardrops"(1958-59) by Jackie Wilson, "I Only Have Eyes For You"(1959) by The Flamingos and "Just A Dream"(1958) by Jimmy Clanton - huge hits that are now Rock 'n' Roll standards, from the summer of 1958 through the end 1959, were all missing from the film. See more »

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

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MY LOVE IS STRONG
Performed by Jimmy Clanton
Courtesy of Ace Records
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The Last of Freed
31 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the fifth, and final motion picture to feature legendary disc jockey Alan Freed and his assortment of musical guests. With each film, Freed took a larger role. His acting is so wooden that Nelson Eddy looks like Olivier next to him! He was also the producer of this Hal Roach production and his role is central to the plot. Now Chuck Berry is a different story. Besides performing "Johnny Be Good", "Memphis, Tennessee", and "Little Queenie", Berry plays himself and is a major catalyst to the flimsy plot. He is absolutely natural and charming. Most of the plot belongs to singers Jimmy Clanton and Sandy Stewart. Their acting is surprisingly natural. Of course, Stewart is no rocker and is a little uncomfortable with some of the music. She was more in her element when she recorded the hit single "My Coloring Book". At least Freed spares us the embarrassment of his out of tune and out of time singing that we had to endure in "Rock, Rock, Rock". However, the plot never does resolve. It just stops.


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