17 user 6 critic

Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (1962)

It's Trad, Dad! (original title)
Approved | | Musical, Comedy | September 1962 (USA)
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 »


(as Dick Lester)




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins
Petulia (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Richard Chamberlain
Dracula (1979)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
Get Back (1991)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As part of Paul McCartney's World Tour, this video provides examples of the band on stage, and the antics associated with just such a major undertaking.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Robbie McIntosh
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
The Ritz (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear
Just for Fun (1963)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

With an election approaching, the two major political parties in England work desperately to capture the enthusiasm of teenagers, who have been granted the right to vote. When the prime ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Flemyng
Stars: Mark Wynter, Cherry Roland, Alan Caddy
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook
Royal Flash (1975)
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Shapiro ...
Craig Douglas ...
The Brook Brothers ...
Del Shannon ...
Gary U.S. Bonds ...
Gene Vincent ...
The Paris Sisters ...
The Dukes of Dixieland ...
Chris Barber ...
Chris Barber's Jazz Band ...
Ottilie Patterson ...
Acker Bilk ...
Himself (as Mr. Acker Bilk)


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 television studio to ask trad jazz musician to support their trial. Written by Rena Okada <okd@yo.rim.or.jp>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The newest, most frantic fad! - a jazzed-up, mixed-up musical that's got "trad", dad!


Musical | Comedy


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

September 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »

Did You Know?


This was the first feature film directed by Richard Lester. See more »


When Acker Bilk's band is playing "In a Persian Market", the drummer twice hits the cymbals, yet we never hear it. See more »

Crazy Credits

"and introducing Helen Shapiro" See more »


What Am I To Do
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Paris Sisters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Way Rock Movies Should've Been!
13 April 2001 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie as "Ring-A-Ding Rhythm" in 1963 and have revisited it several times since. "It's Trad Dad" was Richard Lester's first film, and many of the humorous and surreal touches he later brought to the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" are clearly in evidence here. This British film essentially borrows the basic plot of all those terrible 1950s American rock 'n' roll movies: The mayor and town council try to banish the music that young people are listening to, so the kids try to get major disk jockeys and musical artists to come to town for a liberating concert. But Lester and writer Milton Subotsky (who wrote the earlier U.S. film "Rock, Rock, Rock") spoof the plot throughout and acknowledge that the main appeal of this type of film was that it presented musical performances by charting artists in the days before MTV. The only drawback is that when "It's Trad Dad" was shot in late 1961, trad jazz (known as Dixieland in the U.S.) was sweeping England, which means we're treated to a seemingly endless series of British retro-jazz cats like Acker Bilk and Chris Barber. Fortunately, a couple of Yank expatriates, Del Shannon and the great Gene Vincent, were having second careers in the U.K. at the time, so Lester worked them into the story. (Gene Vincent's performance of "Spaceship to Mars" itself recommends this movie.) Lester also had the presence of mind to fly to America to shoot several cutaways of U.S. artists like Chubby Checker (who was on the verge of storming the U.K. with the Twist), Gary "U.S." Bonds, the Paris Sisters (with soft-focus attention paid to enchanting lead singer Priscilla Paris) and Gene McDaniels, although their material is not up to par with their earlier hits. But the real star of the show is the sense of fun that Lester brings to the proceedings. The scenes literally crackle with wit and energy totally lacking in the earlier Alan Freed/Sam Katzman-style rock films. Topping it all off is the amateurish but utterly charming leading lady,15-year-old Helen Shapiro, whose foghorn singing voice and giant beehive hairdo easily steal the show. Though Shapiro was a big pop star in England at the time, she never clicked in America, which is too bad because she made some very effective records. (After starring in a second film, "Play It Cool," with Bobby Vee and Billy Fury, her singing career went into decline.) "It's Trad Dad" is ultimately an interesting museum piece that captures the British entertainment industry in its last innocence before the Beatles arrived. Not only would Richard Lester go on to direct their two films, but Helen Shapiro would headline their first big tour--during which Lennon and McCartney wrote "Misery" for her. "It's Trad Dad" is highly recommended despite all the Dixieland music.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
song from 'It´s trad,dad!' annakm
other 'Ring-A-Ding Rhythm' translations hyphen-6
Craig Douglas robm256
Soundtrack? kristineades
Discuss Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: