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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

Approved | | Music | 14 December 1956 (USA)
A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.


Fred F. Sears


Robert E. Kent (screenplay), Robert E. Kent (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Haley and the Comets ... Bill Haley's Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale Alan Dale ... Arnie Haines
Alan Freed Alan Freed ... Alan Freed
The Treniers The Treniers ... The Trenirs
Little Richard ... Little Richard
Dave Appell Dave Appell ... Dave Appell
Applejacks Applejacks ... The Applejacks
Patricia Hardy Patricia Hardy ... Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ... Arlene MacLaine
Jana Lund ... Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley Gail Ganley ... Molly Haines, Sister
Pierre Watkin ... Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ... Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ... Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard Jovada Ballard ... Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner


Arnie Haines is one of the stars of the new musical genre called rock 'n' roll. He is tired of touring, so he and his band decide to take a vacation in their hometown Mellondale. When they arrive, they are welcomed with great enthusiasm by the local youth. Mayor Bagley interferes and forbids them to play in the town, because he doesn't want them to demoralize the youth. The much-feared columnist Arlene MacLaine is brought to Mellondale by her daughter Francine, who is trying to cajole her mother to appreciate rock 'n' roll. But in Arlene's next column in nationwide media, she denounces Arnie Haines and rock 'n' roll. Francine contacts Arnie. On a visit to the beach they not only make up plans on how to change her mother's opinion, but also fall in love. Their plan is to organize a big rock 'n' roll show in the small town Friesville, and bring her mother there. The local mayor Tom Everett agrees to let them hire Friesville Palladium. His daughter Sunny is immediately infatuated by ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Release Date:

14 December 1956 (USA) See more »

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Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie was a follow-up to Rock Around the Clock (1956) and shares many of the same sets and cast. See more »


The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »


[Bill Haley walks up to a table with Arnie Haines and Alan Freed]
Bill Haley: How we doin', Dad, the newspaper gal diggin' us?
Arnie Haines: Yeah, real deep. She sounds like she has us plowed way under already.
Alan Freed: That's freedom of the press.
Bill Haley: Yeah, and I always thought that freedom of the press was a tailor who irons your suits for nothing. It shows you.
[everyone laughs a forced and phony laugh, and then they all get up and leave; Bill Haley looks offended]
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Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Fred Karger
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Don't Knock the Rock (1956) ***
29 January 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

New York singer Arnie Haines (Alan Dale) is tired of his career as a famous recording star so he takes a break by visiting his old tiny home town. When he arrives he discovers that he's now despised by all the crotchety adults who feel that rock music is ruining their kids' lives. Haines decides to stage a big rock and roll show in the next town to prove to the parents that rock can be a good influence for their children. Arnie Haines himself is more of a crooner and not a joy to listen to, but we do get to hear several numbers by Bill Haley and His Comets, as well as the great Little Richard, who belts out his awesome killer renditions of "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Frutti". The movie is a good relic for rock 'n roll history, and also manages to take a shot at modern-day (1950s) parents to make them realize how their old music of the 20s and 30s was just as "wild" as their kids'. While the movie makes a valid point there in showing those generational similarities, the truth is that 1950s rock music was always pretty innocent enough, but the same case for a meeting of the generations couldn't be made for 2007 parents weaned on '50s music as compared to today's Gangsta cRap. *** out of ****

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