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Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956)

A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to ... See full summary »


Edward L. Cahn


Lou Rusoff (screenplay), Lou Rusoff (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Garry Nelson (as Touch Connors)
Lisa Gaye ... June Fitzdingle
Sterling Holloway ... Albert 'Axe' McAllister
Fats Domino ... Fats Domino
Choker Campbell Choker Campbell ... Choker Campbell
Tommy Charles Tommy Charles ... Tommy Charles
Annitta Ray Annitta Ray ... Annita Ray
Rosie Rosie ... Rosie (as Rosie & Carlos)
Carlos Davila Carlos Davila ... Carlos (as Rosie & Carlos)
Raymond Hatton ... Horace Fitzdingle
Douglass Dumbrille ... Eustace Fentwick III (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Bugsy Smith
Clarence Kolb ... Judge McCombs
Margaret Dumont ... Georgianna Fitzdingle
Frank Jenks ... Frank


A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to defend the music in a televised trial. The movie also features several rock and roll performances, most notably from Fats Domino. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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Rock 'n' Roll vs. the Squares


Comedy | Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vive le rock See more »


Box Office


$79,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Sunset Productions (III) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Distributed in France before 1960 and only in the provinces. See more »


The opening credits spell Fats Domino's name as "Antione", rather than "Antoine". See more »


Referenced in Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) See more »


Honey Chile
Written by Fats Domino (as Antione "Fats" Domino) and David Bartholomew
Sung by Fats Domino
on Imperial Records
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Shake, Rattle & Rock! is quite an enjoyable Rock 'n' Roll programmer
22 March 2017 | by tavmSee all my reviews

The premise of this film seems to have been inspired by the trials of real-life DJ Alan Freed and his attempts to bring Rock 'n' Roll to the mainstream despite protests by many of the older generation. Mike "Touch" Connors plays the role based on him and the opposition consists of Douglass Dumbrille and Margaret Dumont-both veterans of Marx Brothers movies. They, along with Sterling Holloway and other familiar character actors, provide some comic counterpoint in the proceedings. Fine musical performances by Fats Domino, Big Joe Turner, Tommy Charles, and Annitta Ray. Director Edward L. Cahn helms a zippy 75-mimute B-feature to its natural end, which wasn't surprising to me since I knew he made some good-and not so good-Our Gang shorts at M-G-M during its latter stage in the '40s. Oh, and the leading lady is Lisa Gaye who I remember being in Rock Around the Clock from a few years previous. So on that note, Shake, Rattle, and Rock! is worth a look for anyone interested in both the vintage musical performances and the amusing character turns throughout. P.S. Since I always like to cite players from my home state of Louisiana, here it's Fate Domino from New Orleans.

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