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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.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

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

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 ... Tom Everett - Influential Citizen
Dick Elliott ... Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard Jovada Ballard ... Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

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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The Real Story Behind The World-Wide Rock 'N Roll Headlines! See more »

Genres:

Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hi Fi See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to an article in the September 16, 1957, issue of "Billboard", producer Sam Katzman intended to follow this film with a third film featuring Bill Haley and Alan Freed, with production intended to begin in 1958. It was ultimately not produced. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Fred Karger
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Amazing Lindy Hop
30 March 2005 | by caab241See all my reviews

I recently purchased this movie for the Lindy Hop scenes and I wasn't disappointed, the dancing is incredible. If only the movie opened with dancing instead of Arnie Haines and screaming teenagers! Once you get into the film there's dancing on pianos and couches in Arnie's apartment/hotel room?, a killer jam circle with Bill Hailey and the Comets backing, and a crazy Charleston scene that rivals anything I've seen on film. The plot was OK and the acting so-so, but the music and dancing makes up for the film's shortcomings. I was impressed with Bill Hailey and the Comets, especially during their instrumental jam session, which displays their musical talent and personality more so than their most well-known commercial hits.


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