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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

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.


Paul Landres


Gary Alexander


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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 Woodell ... Mrs. Harold Arnold


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!









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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Ritchie Valens only screen appearance. See more »


Featured in Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll (1984) See more »


Written by Esther Navarro (uncredited) and Robert Spencer (uncredited)
Performed by The Cadillacs
Courtesy of Jubilee Records
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Go, Johnny, Go! is the second of the Chuck Berry movie appearances I'm reviewing after his recent passing
20 March 2017 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having previously appeared in Rock Rock Rock! and Mister Rock and Roll, this was the third-and final-appearance of rocker Chuck Berry in a movie that also starred DJ Alan Freed. He and Freed actually act together in this one as they try to get singer Johnny Melody (Jimmy Clanton) on his way to stardom. Now that I just got much of the plot out of the way, I'll just say that it was quite a pleasure seeing Berry performing his hits "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Little Queenie" here. Also loved Jackie Wilson being showcased among the other performances. The movie itself was quite compelling dramatically but I'm glad things get resolved quickly so it doesn't drag. Unfortunately, after this both Freed and Berry would be involved in scandals-Freed in payola and Berry in a sex charge involving a minor with the result of Freed drinking himself to death and Berry serving a few years in jail before making a comeback several years later. This would also become the only appearance of Ritchie Valens before his untimely passing in a plane crash that also took the lives of The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly. He was good, too! On a lighter note, since I always like to cite when players from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-are in something else, here, it's Dick Elliot-who was that man who told Jimmy Stewart to kiss Donna Reed instead of talking to her to death-who's impatient about going into the phone booth after Clanton and his girlfriend keep hogging the phone! It was hilarious! It was also his last film appearance though he continued to appear on TV before his death in 1961. Anyway, I highly recommend Go, Johnny, Go! to any Chuck Berry fans out there. P.S. Jimmy Clanton is a native of my current hometown of Baton Rouge, LA.

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