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Roddy McDowall ... Tony Krum

Debbie Watson ... Hallie Rodgers

Gil Peterson ... Cliff Donner

Phil Harris ... Fred MacElwaine

Robert Coote ... Stanley Krumley

Nita Talbot ... Dee Dee Howitzer

George Furth ... Howie

Mrs. Miller ... Mrs. Miller
The Bantams ... The Bantams

Glen Campbell ... Patrick
The Leaves ... The Leaves
T.J. and The Fourmations ... T.J. and The Fourmations
Jim Begg ... Charlie Forbes

James Millhollin ... Manager
Phil Arnold ... Uncle Steve
Melanie Alexander ... Sandy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Anthony ... Musician (uncredited)
Bill Blackburn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Last Guy (uncredited)
Tom Cahill ... Dancer (uncredited)
Judy Carrington ... Girl (uncredited)
Steve Ciro ... Dancer (uncredited)
Debi Creger ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Connie Ducharme ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ernie Earnshaw ... Musician (uncredited)
Wilma Ewell ... Maid (uncredited)
The Forté Four ... Band (uncredited)

Teri Garr ... Whiz Girl (uncredited)
Anita Granger ... Producer's Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Hitchcock ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Rex Holman ... Beau (uncredited)
Jim Hubbard ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Leon ... Carbone (uncredited)
Jo Anne Loren ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)
Anita Mann ... Whiz Girl (uncredited)

Ilona Massey ... Toni Karpathy (uncredited)
Leticia Paquet ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)
James D. Paulis ... Driver (uncredited)
Gail Peters ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)

Betty Anne Rees ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Student (uncredited)

John Case Schaeffer II ... Musician (uncredited)

Michael St. Angel ... Director (uncredited)
Joan Thomas ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)
Gary Usher ... Musician (uncredited)
Guy Watson ... Musician (uncredited)
Jan Watson ... Girl on Tony's Staff (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Nelson 
Writing credits
Joyce Geller (screenplay)

Gene Nelson (adaptation) and
Robert Kaufman (adaptation) (as Bob Kaufman)

Joyce Geller (story)

Produced by
William Conrad .... executive producer
Jimmy Lydon .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ernie Freeman 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby  (as Floyd D. Crosby)
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert  (as James Heckert)
Art Direction by
LeRoy Deane 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Dorothy Parkinson .... body makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Russell Llewellyn .... unit manager (as J. Russell Llewellyn)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director
Art Department
Archie Neel .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Everett A. Hughes .... sound (as Everett Hughes)
Dan Wallin .... sound
Ora Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth B. Taylor .... key grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Lee Hazlewood .... music supervisor
Lee Hazlewood .... original songs
Billy Strange .... music arranger
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Gibson .... dialogue supervisor
Toni Basil .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
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This was the last feature for Director of Photography Floyd Crosby, father of musician and singer David Crosby.See more »
Cliff Donner:What the hell ever got into her to let herself get bullied into a hairy scheme like that?
Dee Dee:She's young, ambitious and therefore dangerous. It takes a few years on a girl to know how to mix a cocktail of ambition and desire.
Cliff Donner:Yeah, I guess so. In the meantime a man could bleed to death.
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More Corny Than Cool, 29 June 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

You hear that "The Cool Ones" is "The groovy movie with the hip hit tunes" (an official tagline), so you want to dig the scene, right? Not really. The scene is a confusing mixture of pop cultural references as written by a committee of older businessmen. If you were not around in 1967, when the movie was released, you will probably have difficulty knowing what references really were "cool" in 1967 and which were manufactured, or warmed over fare from years before. If you were around in 1967, the movie is somewhat fun--despite being bad--to pick apart and reminisce about.

In my opinion, this film is a musical. Musical numbers are staged in the middle of scenes, and the characters break out in song when not on a stage. Trying to create a teen movie musical is a bold undertaking, but this is no "Bye Bye Birdie". It features a young go-go dancer(Debbie Watson playing Hallie Rogers) and a former singing idol (Gil Peterson playing Cliff Donner) who meet in a supposedly hip club called "Stan's Cellar" and are persuaded by a young pop music guru (Roddy McDowall) to combine forces to capture the imagination of gullible teen fans. They even create what they hope will be a new dance craze: The Tantrum.

Donner is supposed to be a jaded singer who once had screaming fans. He performs in the "Cellar" with a group called The Leaves. Some of the numbers performed by musical groups in this film are not bad and are authentic to the theme of the movie. But Donner is often stuck singing old tunes that are arranged in a (not so) cool way: "What is This Thing Called Love", "Secret Love", and--incredibly--"The Birth of the Blues". There is one scene where Glen Campbell sings "Just One of Those Things". Not cool. No teen with an edgy persona in 1967 would be embracing those gems. This is three years after the Beatles conquered America!

Surprisingly, the choreography is often of good quality and on a par with other musicals.

Things to look for, even if some seem out of place in a movie about "cool ones":

*The Petula Clark poster on the wall.

*The dance performed to music reminiscent of "The Hand Jive".

*The kids snapping their fingers like the cast of "West Side Story"--cool man!

*The red Mustang. Now that was a cool car!

*The mod look--the colorful London-based chic that some of the kids dress in.

*Small smatterings of psychedelia.

*The "dirty old man" who looks all of 27.

*The "draft board" reference.

*The unexpected occasional lapses into slapstick.

*The laughable computer reference. The public had so little knowledge of computers that anything will flashing lights and beeping sounds could pass. And they often performed feats that are nothing short of mystical.

*Actor Phil Harris who seems to be playing the part of "obligatory adult whose purpose is to thwart the coolness of teens".

*Actress Nita Talbot, who plays Dee Dee Howitzer and somehow manages to have screen presence despite a limited role.

*The proposal scene in the back of a bus. One might be reminded of the iconic back-of-the-bus scene in "The Graduate", also released in 1967.

This is no time capsule of 1967 in particular, but as a reminder of many disparate cultural references from the previous decade or more, it could be a fun watch.

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