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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

G | | Musical | June 1959 (USA)
Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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Paul Landres

Writer:

Gary Alexander
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Freed Alan Freed ... Himself
Jimmy Clanton ... Johnny Melody
Sandy Stewart ... Julie Arnold
Chuck Berry ... Himself
Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson ... Himself
Ritchie Valens ... Himself
The Cadillacs The Cadillacs ... Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell Jo Ann Campbell ... Herself (as Jo-Ann Campbell)
The Flamingos The Flamingos ... Themselves
Harvey Fuqua Harvey Fuqua ... Himself (as Harvey)
Eddie Cochran ... Himself
Jimmy Cavallo Jimmy Cavallo ... Himself (as Jimmy Cavalio and the House Rockers)
Herb Vigran ... Bill Barnett
Frank Wilcox ... Harold Arnold
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Mrs. Harold Arnold (as Barbara Woodell)
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Storyline

Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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You know- like I mean- it's way out!

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dai Johnny dai! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though the film was released in mid 1959, the artists who appear perform their songs from early 1958 and not the hit tunes advertised, in promotional material, as being in the film, as was often the case in Alan Freed films. "Donna"(1958-59) by Ritchie Valens, "Lonely Teardrops"(1958-59) by Jackie Wilson, "I Only Have Eyes For You"(1959) by The Flamingos and "Just A Dream"(1958) by Jimmy Clanton - huge hits that are now Rock 'n' Roll standards, from the summer of 1958 through the end 1959, were all missing from the film. See more »

Connections

References Son of Paleface (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

IT TAKES A LONG, LONG TIME
Written by Jimmy Clanton (uncredited) and Cosimo Matassa (uncredited)
Performed by Jimmy Clanton
Courtesy of Ace Records
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The recording artists make this all worthwhile.
26 March 2003 | by pakhuntzSee all my reviews

A very vapid plot with the "worst kind of juvenile delinquent" really a choir boy he portrays in one scene.However the music and being able to see the performers, many of whom you won't see elsewhere, more than make up for it. The Cadillacs, Jo ann Campbell, chuck berry, Jackie Wilson, et al are all worth the price of admission. Sandy Stewart does a wonderful job with "Heavenly father." The simpleness portrayed in the 50's to bring you the artists is really fun to watch today, especially for the music lover.


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