MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 46,304 this week

Let's Rock (1958)

 -  Music  -  June 1958 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 119 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

Singer's girlfriend helps him adjust to the new rock'n'roll music.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 93 titles
created 10 Apr 2011
 
a list of 3125 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 126 titles
created 11 May 2013
 
a list of 146 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Let's Rock" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Let's Rock (1958)

Let's Rock (1958) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Let's Rock.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A frustrated big-band promoter runs in to rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring... See full summary »

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Charles S. Dubin
Stars: Alan Freed, Teddy Randazzo, Lois O'Brien
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Mike Connors, Lisa Gaye, Sterling Holloway
Billy Jack (1971)
Certificate: GP Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director: Tom Laughlin
Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat
Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Murray Douglas Sporup
Stars: Johnny Carroll, Don Coats, Preacher Smith
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Paul Landres
Stars: Alan Freed, Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart
The Big Beat (1958)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young man just out of college tries to persuade his father, who owns a record company, to start signing up rock 'n' roll acts.

Director: Will Cowan
Stars: William Reynolds, Andra Martin, Gogi Grant
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The hero and heroine want to popularize a trad jazz in their town. Some older people feel displeased about a trad jazz, and prevent their trying. The hero and heroine go to London ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Helen Shapiro, Craig Douglas, John Leyton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius LaRosa ...
Tommy Adane
Phyllis Newman ...
Kathy Abbott
...
Charlie
...
Pickup Girl (as Joy Harman)
...
Himself
Danny and the Juniors ...
Themselves - Performers ('AtThe Hop')
Roy Hamilton ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
The Royal Teens ...
Themselves
Al DeNittis ...
Tyrones Saxophonist (as the Tyrones)
Tyrone DeNittis ...
Himself (as the Tyrones)
George Lesser ...
Tyrones Singer (as the Tyrones)
Paul Sherman ...
Himself / MC
Harold Gary ...
Shep Harris
Edit

Storyline

Singer's girlfriend helps him adjust to the new rock'n'roll music.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dance | teenager | rock music

Genres:

Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bailar tocan  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Charles Nelson Reilly. He had to introduce a musical act and couldn't get his one line right. He was so funny trying so hard to get the take done that people from all over the lot were arriving to see him flubbing his dialogue. It took over 60 takes to finally get the shot. See more »

Goofs

The sax player and guitarist for The Royal Teens are close to, then farther apart from the lead singer between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

A shot of a rocket launching into space is shown before the Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

There Are Times
Music by Don Gohman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Performed by Julius LaRosa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Archaeology of Rock and Roll
26 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Archaeologists of pop music need to see this film, especially as it was made so early and is specifically about the early days of rock and roll. It was released in 1958, but shot in 1957, and one of the characters in the film says: 'Rock and roll has existed for two years now.' If you have your fast-forward button safely in your hand, so that you can whizz through the appalling ballads of Julius LaRosa and some of the other terrible numbers such as the Tyrones, and some boring parts of the story, this film repays watching. It is chiefly notable for including film of Danny and the Juniors performing the number one hit of 1957, 'At the Hop'. By 1958, kids were no longer using the word 'hop', and were embarrassed by it, because it was 'last year's word', and they didn't wish to be thought to be behind the times. But this song was played for years because it is particularly lively and catchy, and it still figures in the Golden Oldies today. Danny and the Juniors look like awkward bank clerks standing there inert in their suits and ties, singing unconvincingly 'let's go to the hop'. No spangle-wear had yet appeared in pop, at least not in this film. Another famous song in the film, sung by the Royal Teens, is the musically uninteresting 'Short Shorts'. It is sung in a whining monotone, like a group of spoilt brats squawling to mamma that 'we like short shorts', and that is exactly how it was received. At that stage, before drugs had come in, kids thought the most extreme behaviour was for girls to show their legs and whine to their parents about it. Short shorts came out in 1956. I know that because my older Cousin Betty was a model and was on magazine covers in them, and never stopped talking about them. Short shorts were brought back a decade later, at the end of the 1960s, as 'hot pants'. The finest musical number in the film, and the only sophisticated one, is Della Reese singing 'Lonelyville'. She was Nina Simone before Nina Simone was. The story is not as boring as you might imagine for such a cheaply produced kids' picture whose purpose was to promote rock and roll music to 16 year-olds. There are some interesting scenes where the head of a music label lays it on the line to a singer's manager about the economics of pop music, how ballads are out, and says of rock and roll 'this is what the sixteen year-olds are buying' and anybody who won't record it will be 'dropped from the label'. Roy Hamilton, who died tragically aged only 40, is shown in the film recording two songs. He was one of the top singers of those days, with a personality like Harry Belafonte, and a smile always on his face. He had come out of the gospel tradition and had a properly trained voice. Ironically, for the theme of this film, Roy Hamilton was famous for singing ballads, and later singers such as the Righteous Brothers copied him but made an over-the-top pastiche out of his style. Paul Anka is shown aged 16 singing a pop number so badly, one cringes. At that age, every note he sang was out of tune, and he was absolutely terrible. He got it together later. Phyllis Newman is very sweet and fetching in the role of the songwriter girl in the story. Because she has ideas and wants to talk about them, Julius LaRosa can only categorize her as 'a kook'. At that time, girls won't supposed to think. There are some nice location scenes of New York City. The film could be worse, and considering its significance, it is what it is.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Toni Basil one of the dancers? lazur-2
don't look into the camera? senior153
Joy Harmon f111151
Discuss Let's Rock (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?