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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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FRANKIE LYMON and THE TEEN-AGERS - HEAR them sing "I'm not a Juvenile Delinquent" SEE - Lovely LA VERN BAKER - HEAR her sing "TRA-LA-LA" SEE - The Inimitable CHUCK BERRY - HEAR him sing "YOU CAN'T CATCH ME" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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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

Film debut of Jack Collins. 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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Soundtracks

(Me and My Baby Say) We're Going to Rock Tonight
Performed by Teddy Randazzo
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Wow wow wow
15 March 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This essential time capsule musical from the very dawn of Rock and Roll is really beyond criticism. Many other comments bleat about the quality and the story, but really, would you prefer it did not exist? Is "EIGHT MILE" or (groan) "COOL AS ICE"or (double groan) "GET RICH OR DIE Trying'' a better reminder of their music and time in history? Alan Freed should be almost revered for the work he did in promoting rock and roll in the mid 50s and it is because of him this astonishing record of fascinating music acts of 1955/56 exists. Reacting to it as if it was made today is ridiculous. ROCK ROCK ROCK is a complete world unto itself and made with a keen-ness to entertain and elate through some of the essential music stars of the day. It is also charming. Something none of the other three films mentioned above are or could be in the slightest., given their retarded aggression. ROCK ROCK ROCK is fun and a real surprise. A good complimentary film is the 1976 drama "AMERICAN HOT WAX" which is a bio of Alan Freed with spectacular recreations of the 50s and the Brooklyn Paramount days with Freed causing dancing strife with uptight authorities. Believe it or like it or not.


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