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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

This film features 21 songs. According to a contemporary source, all performances were lip-synced or dubbed. Due to the preponderance of popular musical performances over plot and dialog, this is an early example of a "jukebox musical". See more »

Goofs

When Dori mentions the dress Gloria is planning to wear, Arabella chimes in with a remark about how the dress will be blue. The color of the dress something Gloria had mentioned to Dori and Tommy, but not when Arabella was around. 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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Tra La La
Performed by La Vern Baker & The Gliders
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Frozen in Time
3 October 2015 | by milanisteveSee all my reviews

Although the low budget quality of the film is unfortunate it captures true Americana at its best. Happy, energetic youth dressing to the hilt, dancing with some style, and more worried about going to the dance than trying to buy a joint. Ike in the White House to protect us, no Viet Nam, no Watergate, no 911, and automobiles that were a work of art. The title song by Jimmy Cavallo is the essence of Rock and Roll..Young kids dancing with their peers in a simple but synchronized rhythm releasing their innermost feelings while having fun. And Alan Freed, what more can you say? The pioneer of a genre that helped break the shackles of a segregated culture. Although he was crucified for his efforts his smile on stage shows how happy he was to bring joy to the youth of America.


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