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Hootenanny Hoot (1963)

 -  Music  -  August 1963 (USA)
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The marriage of television director Ted Glover and television producer A.G. Bannister has gone on the rocks because she has permitted her career to take precedence over romance. The horror ... See full summary »

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Ted Grover
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A.G. Bannister
Joby Baker ...
Steve Laughlin
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Billie-Jo Henley (as Pam Austin)
Bobo Lewis ...
Claudia Hoffer
Lauren Gilbert ...
Howard Stanton (as Loren Gilbert)
Nick Novarro ...
Jed Morse
Vikki Dougan ...
Vikki
The Brothers Four ...
Themselves
Sheb Wooley ...
Himself
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Himself
The Gateway Trio ...
Themselves
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George Hamilton IV ...
Himself
Joe Gilbert ...
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The marriage of television director Ted Glover and television producer A.G. Bannister has gone on the rocks because she has permitted her career to take precedence over romance. The horror of it all! Complications also arise because of a romance between Ted's agent, Steve Laughlin and a performer, Billy-Joe Henley, with a touring Hootenanny group. The resolvement comes when A.G. realizes that love is more important than a career - dang tootin' it was in a Sam Katzman movie in the 60's - but not before the likes of guest stars The Brothers Four, Sheb Wooley, Johnny Cash, The Gateway Trio, Judy Henske, George Hamilton IV, Joe & Eddie, Cathie Taylor and (Bob's boy) Chris Crosby work up a sweatin' storm trying to create a craze for "Hootenanny". Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The hottest sound around... as the country's Folk Favorite's get together for the FIRST, FABULOUS FULL-LENGTH HOOTENANNY MUSICAL EVER!!!

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This black-and-white musical, a very minor addition to the MGM catalog, failed to rate a contemporary New York Times review. See more »

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When Ruta Lee and Peter Breck are having dinner on Ruta Lee's patio you can see her shadow in on the buildings in the background. See more »

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Abilene
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The Last Summer of Folk Music
23 May 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Enterprising New York producer Peter Breck (as Ted Grover) discovers the combination of folk and country music is taking the Midwest by storm, so he goes to Missouri for a "Hootenanny Hoot!" There, college-aged crowds groove to several music acts. Aiming to sign some of the popular singers, Mr. Breck summons chum Joby Baker (as Steve Laughlin) to assist. Breck watches Mr. Baker to pursue a romance with shapely blonde Pam Austin (as Billie Jo Henley) while he tries to get over leggy ex-wife Ruta Lee (as A.G. Bannister). The "Hootenanny" TV series was on the air before the movie premiered; some musical guests appeared in both.

At the time, the biggest act appearing in this cast was arguably folk favorites The Brothers Four, who sing their hit version of the novelty song "Frogg" (from 1961). In hindsight, the enduring star is certainly a gauntly appearing Johnny Cash, reaching back for his version of "Frankie's Man Johnny" (from 1959). The biggest hit from the time of this film's release was George Hamilton IV's pretty pop version of John D. Loudermilk's "Abilene" (a #15 pop hit for him, in August 1963). The Brothers Four had a "Hootenanny" hit (from the then airing ABC-TV folk music variety show), but Sheb Wooley does it here, helped by some attractive young dancers.

Gospel duo Joe (Gilbert) and Eddie (Brown) do a rousing "There's a Meeting Here Tonight" and the humorous "The Frozen Logger" is sung by Cathie Taylor. It's unfortunate to see The Gateway Trio singing "Foolish Questions" on a trampoline, and downright embarrassing that Gary Crosby and Judy Henske were asked to perform in their bathing suits. Mr. Crosby's "Sweet Love" is more like recent Rick Nelson recordings. By the way, Ms. Henske singing "Wade in the Water" may make you wonder why you haven't heard her fine voice more often. The movie is truly mediocre, but director Gene Nelson allows his dancers to strut their stuff.

**** Hootenanny Hoot! (8/63) Gene Nelson ~ Peter Breck, Joby Baker, Ruta Lee, Pamela Austin


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