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Teenage Millionaire (1961)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | August 1961 (USA)
A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit. Then he falls in love with a girl who ... See full summary »

Director:

Lawrence Doheny

Writers:

Lawrence Doheny (as Lawrence F. Doheny), Harry Spalding (as H. B. Cross)
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Cast overview:
Jimmy Clanton ... Bobby Schultz aka Chalmers
Rocky Graziano ... Rocky aka Edward
Zasu Pitts ... Aunt Theodora
Diane Jergens ... Barbara 'Bambi' Price
Joan Tabor Joan Tabor ... Adrienne
Sid Gould Sid Gould ... Sheldon Vale
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ... Ernie
Eileen O'Neill ... Desidieria
Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson ... Jackie Wilson - Performer
Chubby Checker ... Chubby Checker - Performer
Dion DiMucci ... Dion - Performer (as Dion)
Bill Black's Combo Bill Black's Combo ... Bill Black's Combo - Performers
Marv Johnson Marv Johnson ... Marv Johnson - Performer
Vicki Spencer Vicki Spencer ... Vicki Spencer - Performer
Larrs Jackson Larrs Jackson ... Jack Larson - Performer (as Jack Larson)
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A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit. Then he falls in love with a girl who works at a local radio station who doesn't know who he is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Millonario adolescente See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (with tinted sequences)
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Soundtracks

Let's Twist Again
Written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
Performed by Chubby Checker
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Very disappointing
27 August 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I had wanted to see "Teenage Millionaire" for a long time. For one thing, I have found many "teensploitation" movies from the 1950s and 1960s to be campy fun, and the idea of portraying a teenage millionaire had the potential to be a hoot. Also, I like music from the 1960s, and hearing that this movie was full of musical numbers made me want to see it more.

After seeing the movie, I must confess I was very disappointed with the results. Even though the central youth of the movie is a teenage millionaire, there's almost nothing done with it. Where's the acting wild? Where's doing whatever you want? There's nothing like that here.

In fact, I'd say about half of the movie is instead devoted to cut-aways to top recording stars of the era lip-synching their hits. If the music had been good, this might have saved the movie. But almost all of the music is terrible, even though it comes from famed singers like Dion. I hadn't heard just about any of these songs before, and listening to them, it's clear why oldies stations haven't resurrected them. The songs are slow and not catchy. That is, except for Chubby Checker's numbers - they are spirited and directed with some energy. However, even his numbers suffer from a problem with all the song numbers - the annoying color tints used to try and pass this off as a partially color movie instead of 100% black and white.

This movie has never been issued on video or DVD. I suspect that issues with music rights have prevented this. But trust me, you are not missing anything.


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