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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

TV-G | | 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Haley's Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ... Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ... Alan Freed
The Treniers ... The Trenirs
... Little Richard
Dave Appell ... Dave Appell
Applejacks ... The Applejacks
Patricia Hardy ... Francine MacLaine
... Arlene MacLaine
... Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ... Molly Haines, Sister
... Mayor George Bagley
... Influential Citizen Tom Everett
... Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ... Jovada Ballard - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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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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Made By The Producers of "Rock Around The Clock"! See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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[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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Tutti Frutti
Written by Dorothy La Bostrie, Little Richard (as Richard Penniman) and Joe Lubin
Sung by Little Richard
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ENJOYABLE SHOWCASE FOR TOP RECORD STARS
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This film is very much of it's time. Sam Katzman produced a number of films featuring record stars and this is one of the better ones. The star is Alan Dale, who was one of the leading pop singers of the day. Dale was in the forefront of the post-Sinatra generation of crooners (which included Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, etc.), and his versatility ranged from opera to Rock 'n' Roll. This diversity made him a perfect choice for the role of a rock singer with a "serious" side. Dale's romantic interest is played by Pat Hardy, who soon afterward married actor Richard Egan. The main reason for these films was, of course, the records acts --- most of whom were seldom if ever seen on network television. Bill Haley and the Comets were well known, but outside of the major urban areas Little Richard was not even played on most RADIO stations (they opted for Pat Boone's version of "Long Tall Sally"!). However, thanks to films like this we could finally experience performers like Little Richard. Two numbers by The Treniers are another high point. Typical of these films, there's not much of a plot, but its a lot of fun.


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