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Wild Guitar (1962)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  December 1962 (USA)
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A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters).

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arch Hall Jr. ...
Bud Eagle
Nancy Czar ...
Vickie Wills
Arch Hall Sr. ...
Mike McCauley (as William Watters)
Ray Dennis Steckler ...
Steak (as Cash Flagg)
Marie Denn ...
Marge
Robert Crumb ...
Don Proctor
Virginia Broderick ...
Daisy
Al Scott ...
Tom
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Kidnapper (as William Lloyd)
Jonathan Karle ...
Kidnapper
Mike Treibor ...
Kidnapper
Paul Voorhees ...
Hal Kenton (MC)
Rick Dennis ...
Stage Manager
Carol Flynn ...
Dancer
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Raeme Patterson ...
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A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters). Written by Anonymous

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The few photos on the walls of McCauley's office include those of Mitch Miller, Leslie Uggams and several other publicity pictures from Miller's television show Sing Along with Mitch (1961)--an odd array of talent for a man who is supposed to be a rock-'n'-roll promoter, especially since Miller, who was also the longtime A&R man at Columbia Records, made it well-known that he hated rock music and it was many years before he allowed rock singers to record for Columbia. Several of the same photos are also visible on the walls of the diner. See more »

Goofs

When Steak orders Don Proctor out of Bud's apartment, a vase is knocked off a shelf and breaks. Later, when Vickie arrives, the vase is intact and back on the shelf. See more »

Quotes

Steak: This is Daisy, she's gonna teach you how to swing.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Passable entertainment that probably made a buck
1 November 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

People who claim flicks like this to be bad movies are often judging them by unfair standards. Yes, they are not on a level with the works of Kurosawa or Bergman. However, they were never meant to be. The filmmakers didn't intend them to be metaphorical, soul searching, avant-garde epics. These films were made with the intent to be passable entertainment that could make the producers a buck. This is exploitation cinema. And by those standards, "Wild Guitar" is passable entertainment that probably made a buck.

I know many people won't admit it, but I'm a fan of Arch Hall Jr. I've seen four of his films and own the "Wild Guitar" compilation off Norton Records. Hes one of the least attractive "teen idols" ever caught on camera, but is full of likable charms. Hes campy, bewildered, and innocent. The sheer datedness of films such as this are what make them appeal to viewers. Yes, the screenplay is naive and far fetched just like the hero. Takes film like this for what they are. I'd rather watch "Wild Guitar" than "Titanic" or "Lord of the Rings" any day. (5/10)


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