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Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | December 1956 (USA)
Jimmy Daley and Angelo Barrato are teenage members of a band who learn of a contest that they believe will bring them fame. Jimmy must fight the opposition of his father and his feelings for the lovely Joan.


Richard Bartlett


Herb Margolis (as Herbert Margolis), William Raynor


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sal Mineo ... Angelo Barrato
John Saxon ... Jimmy Daley
Luana Patten ... Joan Wright
Edward Platt ... Thomas Daley Sr. M.D. (as Edward C. Platt)
Fay Wray ... Beth Daley
Rod McKuen ... 'Ox' Bentley
John Wilder ... 'Fingers' Porter
Alan Reed Jr. Alan Reed Jr. ... 'Sax' Lewis
Douglas Fowley ... 'Pop' Wright
Bob Courtney Bob Courtney ... 'Half-Note' Harris
Shelley Fabares ... Twinky Daley
Susan Volkman Susan Volkman ... Carol Saunders (as Susan Volkmann)
Caryl Volkman Caryl Volkman ... Claire Saunders (as Caryl Volkmann)
April Kent ... Kay Norton
Sue George Sue George ... Lori Parker


Jimmy Daley and Angelo Barrato are teenage members of a band who learn of a contest that they believe will bring them fame. Jimmy must fight the opposition of his father and his feelings for the lovely Joan.

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The whole wonderful story of today's ROCK-AND-ROLL GENERATION! ..told the way they want it told!


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock, Pretty Baby See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title for this film was "Crazy Love," which was changed to "The Living End," and then changed again to its final title of "Rock, Pretty Baby." See more »


Angelo Barrato: I'm the victim of the greatest social disease of our generation: parents.
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Edited into Heavy Petting (1989) See more »


Rockabye Lullaby Blues
Lyrics and Music by Bobby Troup
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A Typical Artifact Of It's Time
4 November 2001 | by Brainy-2See all my reviews

One look at the box cover, and you pretty much know what you're in for should you decide to rent this film. Lots of moralizing and stilted dialogue that's fairly typical of low budget youth oriented movies of this vintage. Like Leslie Neilsen, Ed Platt's overly serious deadpan delivery would prove to be much more effective when put to comedic purposes nine years later on "Get Smart."

Prolific actor John Saxon broods a lot, and comes across looking like an ersatz Marlon Brando. Luanna Patten, as his romantic interest, is equally as dour. Only the ever reliable Sal Mineo and the then 13-year-old Shelley Fabares seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. Even when she has to perform such obligatory clichés as screaming "I'll never grow up if you keep treating me like a child!" and then running up to her room and crying, one gets the impression that she's in on the fact that this ain't exactly Shakespear, and is purposely camping it up. Her character is named "Twinkie" for gosh sakes!

Other than that, this film will be of interest to trivia buffs who might be surprised to know that before becomming the well known poet/songwriter, Rod McKuen actually had a brief film career in low budget productions such as this, and even gets to croon a tune while Saxon pretends to strum his guitar...One of the great running gags of this film is the fact that it is so obvious that the activity of his fingers never even remotely resembles the music emanating from his instrument. Sal Mineo, on the other hand, appears to be really playing the drums, A talent he would put to good use a few years later in the "Gene Crupa Story."

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