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Once Upon a Coffee House (1965)

A coffeehouse singer is the object of a young man's fancy...he pursues her endlessly in this 60s beatnik comedy.

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Curtis Taylor ...
Jonathan
Karen Thorsell ...
Vicki Shaw
Oscar Brand ...
Himself
The Goldebriars ...
Themselves
The Free Wheelers ...
Themselves
Jim Connell ...
Himself (as Jim) (as Jake and Joan)
Jake Holmes ...
Himself (as Jim) (as Jake and Joan)
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Herself (as Jim) (as Jake and Joan)
Jerry Newby ...
Manager
Pedro Román ...
Pepe
Vince Martin ...
Larry
Barbara Cole ...
Betty
Deanna Lund ...
Corrine
Peg Rayborn ...
Madge Cartwright
Eve Tellegen ...
Amanda Peabody
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A coffeehouse singer is the object of a young man's fancy...he pursues her endlessly in this 60s beatnik comedy.

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29 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Hootenany a Go-Go  »

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Film debut of Joan Rivers. See more »

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Enjoyment of this film will depend on to what degree you like the style of folk music they play
6 December 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Guy with a crush on a folk singer buys the coffee house she sings at the tries to fit in with her friends.

You're ability to enjoy this film will depend upon one of two things: 1. Curiosity about the coffee house folk music culture of the late 1950's and early 1960's 2. The ability to sit through lots of mostly mediocre folk music.

This is a just okay look at the now gone coffee house culture. I don't ever really remember a film thats such a snap shot of what I've read the coffee house scene was like. As a time capsule the film is probably invaluable. The problem is that this is first and foremost a musical comedy and as that the film is just okay. The problem is the comedy is only mildly amusing and the songs are mediocre at best. I could take the okay comedy (I did laugh at some of it) but for me the music was a tough slog, this style folk music never was really my cup of coffee. It doesn't help that the artists performing seem very stiff and very aware of the camera, something I doubt they'd be in a packed coffee house. If you can't take the music the rest of the music is lost.

Worth a look if you're curious, preferably as a freebie. Think of it as an alternative to the Beach movies of Frankie and Annette.


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