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Nashville Rebel (1966)

Down a dusty road in the deep South, wanders a young man, Arlin Grove, with a guitar and his earthly belongings on his back, just released from the U. A. Army, with no place to go. When a ... See full summary »


Jay Sheridan (as Jay J. Sheridan)


Ira Kerns (screenplay), Jay Sheridan (screenplay) (as Jay J. Sheridan) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Waylon Jennings Waylon Jennings ... Arlin Grove
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Molly Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chet Atkins ... Himself
Archie Campbell Archie Campbell ... Himself
Ott Devine Ott Devine ... Himself - Grand Ole Opry Manager
Ralph Emery ... Himself - Grand Ole Opry Announcer
Sonny James Sonny James ... Himself
Cousin Jody Cousin Jody ... Himself
Loretta Lynn ... Herself
Gordon Oas-Heim ... Wesley Lang
Tex Ritter ... Himself
Thurman Roosevelt Stevens Thurman Roosevelt Stevens ... Butler
Porter Wagoner ... Himself
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Margo Powell
Doyle Wilburn Doyle Wilburn ... Himself


Down a dusty road in the deep South, wanders a young man, Arlin Grove, with a guitar and his earthly belongings on his back, just released from the U. A. Army, with no place to go. When a Hootenanny comes to town, it just discovered that Arlin not only has an exciting voice, he also is a gifted guitar player. He is soon appearing on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Music







Release Date:

1 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Do What You Do, Do Well
Written by Ned Miller
Performed by Sonny James and the Southern Gentlemen
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a country-music Jailhouse Rock, w/ Waylon instead of Elvis
10 January 2002 | by django-1See all my reviews

I've wanted to see this film for years, and now that I have, I'm quite impressed. The plot is basically a rewrite of Jailhouse Rock or Wild Guitar, with the innocent but talented young singer/guitarist making his way up the lower rungs of the ladder of success, while learning how rotten and corrupt the music business can be. Waylon basically plays himself, which is better than any forced dramatics. There are also performances by many vintage country stars-- Faron Young, Tex Ritter, Loretta Lynn with the Wilburn Brothers, etc. There's also an odd scene at a club where Henny Youngman tells jokes about Arlin Grove (Waylon's character) to try to destroy his career! The film has a similar look to many southern drive-in films of the mid-60s, with some nice location shooting of the 1966 Nashville edited in here and there for atmosphere. Gordon Oas-Heim, as the sleazy manager (he was previously seen in H.G. Lewis' Color Me Blood Read), is suitably arrogant and oily, although one wonders how someone who undercuts his artists' credibility BEFORE they become big stars has ever made much money! Overall, this should appeal to the Jennings fan (he carries the film quite well in his smoldering, laid-back way), the vintage C&W fan, or the lover of rural southern drive-in films. I'm surprised this film hasn't received more attention-- it certainly captures the era well and is an important chapter in the career of one of country music's greatest talents, Waylon Jennings.

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