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Hootenanny Hoot (1963)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Grover
A.G. Bannister
Joby Baker ...
Steve Laughlin
Billie-Jo Henley (as Pam Austin)
Bobo Lewis ...
Claudia Hoffer
Lauren Gilbert ...
Howard Stanton (as Loren Gilbert)
Nick Novarro ...
Jed Morse
Vikki Dougan ...
The Brothers Four ...
Sheb Wooley ...
The Gateway Trio ...
George Hamilton IV ...
Joe Gilbert ...
Himself (as Joe and Eddie)


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 <>

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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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August 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vamos Cantar! Vamos Dançar!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


There's a Meeting Here Tonight
Sung by Joe & Eddy
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Hootenanny Hooters!
24 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An attempt by Hollywood to cash in on the early folk music craze of the sixties, "Hootenanny's" cheap budget makes it look much like a television episode.

Let's talk about the good things of this movie first:

1. A young Johnny Cash does his version of "Frankie and Johnny". It's great to see The Man In Black looking so good.

2. Pamela Austin (who went on to become "The Dodge Girl"). She is in the prime of her beauty at this time and she reveals a smoking body in her many dances.

3. Ruta Lee is also quite attractive to look at. Still, a movie career that went from "Witness for the Prosecution" to "Hootenanny Hoot" is not going well. Lots of TV game shows were to be in Ms. Lee's future.

4. Appearances by Vickie (baby got back) Dougan and an uncredited Maureen Reagan (daughter of Pres. Ronald Reagan). Ms. Dougan was a pretty gal who made a name for herself by wearing dresses in the fifties that revealed anal cleavage. Ms. Reagan shows up for a brief moment to call Joby Baker "a square".

Um, that's about it.

The folk music is innocuous for the most part. Although by the end of the movie, I found myself really disliking Sheb Wooley, who gets to do three songs, including the title theme. Would have been nice to see Johnny Cash showcased more. The Gateway Trio made me nauseous jumping on a trampoline in the chorus of one of their amusing (?) songs. For token's sake, they throw in two black guys, Joe and Eddie (no, not Flo and Eddie) doing a rousing hand-clapping version of "There's A Meeting Here Tonight". Hopefully, it's not a KKK meeting.

Pretty silly film in the end. I can only recommend it for a look at a young Johnny Cash, the marvelous legs of Ms. Austin and Ms. Ruta Lee showing some attractive décolletage and gams.

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