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Rock 'n' Roll Revue (1955)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cholly Atkins ...
Himself (as Cole and Atkins)
Louie Bellson ...
Himself
Delta Rhythm Boys ...
Themselves
Ruth Brown ...
Herself
Willie Bryant ...
Himself - Master of Ceremonies
The Clovers ...
Themselves
...
Himself
Charles 'Honi' Coles ...
Himself (as Coles and Atkins)
Larry Darnell ...
Himself
Martha Davis ...
Herself
...
Himself
Lionel Hampton ...
Himself
Little Buck ...
Himself
Mantan Moreland ...
Himself
Leonard Reed ...
Himself
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Packed with music by the greats of the time.

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14 May 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Rock and Roll Review  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Though not credited as an act in the opening titles, Willie Bryant and Leonard Reed were a team in vaudeville team for many years, and do a skit in this film. See more »


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Sung by Big Joe Turner
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Short version, short review
6 January 2007 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone,

I have a version of this that is part of a DVD collection which contains 10 titles. My version of the movie lasts less than 40 minutes, although the information that accompanies the collection lists the running time as 75 minutes.

I watched the video and enjoyed Big Joe Turner's one song and the Clovers' one song. Dinah Washington sang a nice tune and Nat "King" Cole did a number with his trio.

Duke Ellington appears twice and his drummer Louis Bellson is featured on one song. All the music is good but never great, and except for the Clovers and Big Joe Turner, not Rock and Roll. It is quite possible some of the missing acts are Rock and Roll and it somehow was lost for the copy I have. Larry Darnell does an excellent job with his upbeat ballad and comes across much like Sam Cooke.

The emcee is excellent, even though the audience footage appears to be from some different show. Leonard Reed performs well in a comedy sketch. There is a good tap dance routine by a duo who later appear as comic actors.

I would have enjoyed it more if I had seen the version with Nipsey Russell and Ruth Brown and Mantan Moreland.

For 1955 I would have liked it more if Nat Cole had done one of his hits.

Tom Willett


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