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Rock Rock Rock! (1956)

Approved | | Drama , Music | 7 December 1956 (USA)
A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature, the 3rd in a series of 5 ... See full summary »

Director:

Will Price

Writers:

Milton Subotsky (screenplay), Milton Subotsky (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band ... Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band
Fran Manfred Fran Manfred ... Arabella
Tuesday Weld ... Dori
Connie Francis ... Dori's Songs (singing voice)
Teddy Randazzo ... Tommy (as Teddy Randazzo of The Three Chuckles)
Jacqueline Kerr Jacqueline Kerr ... Gloria
Ivy Schulman Ivy Schulman ... Baby
The Moonglows The Moonglows ... The Moonglows
Chuck Berry ... Chuck Berry
The Flamingos The Flamingos ... The Flamingos
Jimmy Cavallo and the House Rockers Jimmy Cavallo and the House Rockers ... Jimmy Cavallo and the House Rockers (as Jimmy Cavallo and His House Rockers)
The Johnny Burnette Trio The Johnny Burnette Trio ... The Johnny Burnette Trio (as Johnny Burnette Trio)
La Vern Baker La Vern Baker ... La Vern Baker
Cirino and the Bowties Cirino and the Bowties ... Cirino and the Bowties
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers ... Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
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Storyline

A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature, the 3rd in a series of 5 starring Disc Jockey and Rock N Roll impresario Alan Freed, includes performances by artist Chuck Berry, La Vern Baker, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Flamingos, The Moonglows and The Johnny Burnette Trio. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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jukebox musical | rock music | See All (2) »

Taglines:

The greatest rock 'n' roll music played by the biggest rock 'n' roll groups this side of heaven! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock, Rock, Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vanguard Productions (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

A movie theatre marquee in the opening shot of this picture reads Private's Progress (1956), which like this film, was distributed by DCA. See more »

Goofs

Chuck Berry's electric guitar isn't plugged into anything when he performs on TV. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arabella: [sipping shakes at the malt shoppe] Is Tommy taking you to the school prom?
Dori: He - hasn't asked me, yet.
Arabella: He will. I sure hope I find someone as nice as Tommy.
Dori: Oh, you'll meet him someday.
Arabella: Well, I hope it's before the prom. Are you in love with Tommy?
Dori: Well...
[singing]
Dori: I never had a sweetheart, No Lovers Lane for me! No moonlight rides, No firesides, No romance by the sea, Oh no, that's never happened to me! I never had a sweetheart...
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Featured in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Want to Rock
(uncredited)
Performed by Ivy Schulman
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Rock before the "black out"
28 January 2001 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

Alan Freed knew that blacks(Negroes then) were the pioneers of the Rock 'n' Role era, and he was not afraid to showcase them. All of the bands, including the white ones, put on a rocking showcase of a pretty good cross section of rock of the time, including "Rock-a-Billy".

The obvious star of this sitcom like plot, however, is a gorgeous Tuesday Weld at age thirteen (It is hard to believe such a beautiful woman was even more beautiful as a child). Who shows a grace and charm that are far beyond those of the other "teenagers" in the movie.

Definitely a highly entertaining historical document of the times.


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