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The Cool Ones (1967)

A young, millionaire rock promoter decides to create a new boy/girl duo team for his teen TV dance show by teaming up an ambitious go-go dancer and a has-been pop star and presenting them to the public as a new romantic pair.

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Gene Nelson

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Joyce Geller (screenplay), Gene Nelson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Tony Krum
Debbie Watson ... Hallie Rodgers
Gil Peterson ... Cliff Donner
Phil Harris ... Fred MacElwaine
Robert Coote ... Stanley Krumley
Nita Talbot ... Dee Dee Howitzer
George Furth ... Howie
Mrs. Miller ... Mrs. Miller
The Bantams The Bantams ... The Bantams
Glen Campbell ... Patrick
The Leaves The Leaves ... The Leaves
T.J. and The Fourmations T.J. and The Fourmations ... T.J. and The Fourmations
Jim Begg Jim Begg ... Charlie Forbes
James Millhollin ... Manager
Phil Arnold ... Uncle Steve
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Hallie Rogers is a pent-up go-go dancer itching for her big break. She's up for a spot on the network rock'n'roll show "Whizbam," a detailed send-up of both "Shindig" and "Hullaballo," but the studio bosses keep giving her the shaft. So Hallie wigs out, escapes from her go-go cage, and steals the mike from Glen Campbell, who's singing onstage at the time. While Glen does all he can to stop this crazy girl on live TV, Hallie shakes and shimmies her way out of impending handcuffs. The audience goes wild, imitating her moves, and when a misdirected camera sends a message out to the nation, a new dance craze is born - the Tantrum! Tony Krum, a teen tycoon begins to manage her booming career. Hallie gets fired from "Whizbam," but her go-go dancing pals take her to Palm Springs, where they see the Leaves perform. She soon meets out-of-step teen idol Cliff Donner, with whom she forms a duo. Written by alfiehitchie

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The world of the Go-Go girls and the get-get guys. It's the story of Cliff Donner... a teen-age singing idol who had it all... lost it... and had to find it all over again. See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Baby, Cool! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was announced initially as a starring vehicle for Nancy Sinatra, though her role ultimately went to Debbie Watson. See more »

Quotes

Sandy: This is a boys' world. Isn't it enough to be with *them* all the time... and get paid for it?
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References Password (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

This Town
(uncredited)
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Debbie Watson
[Hallie sings the song as she wanders the streets of LA after she is fired from Whiz-Bam]
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A true undiscovered gem!
9 July 2000 | by victraderSee all my reviews

This is a great movie - yes it is a bad movie, but it is great. A stellar cast, a great score and wonderful location shots all over Los Angeles and Palm Springs, circa 1966. Any movie that boasts a musical dance number in the Palm Springs Tramway can't be all bad.

The cast: Debbie Watson and Gil Peterson are perfect. Don't know where they came from, except that Debbie had her own TV series briefly, "Karen". And Gil has a great bod! Roddy McDowell - great as always. Phil Harris is wonderful. Nita Talbot all but steals the show as Roddy's Girl Friday. I mean, this woman is fierce! She shamelessly tries to steal every scene she is in - and does too. She should have been used much more in films. And you even get Terri Garr as one of the dancers. And I didn't even mention Mrs. Miller. This must be her only big screen appearance, so that alone is worth the price of admission.

The plot is a little hackneyed, but who cares. The original songs by Lee Hazelwood are fantastic. Hey, both Frank and Nancy covered "This Town" on their albums. As a spoof of the Hullaballo-type dance programs of the era as well as Roddys apeing of Phil Spector - this movie does try to say something. But that is not what it is about - it is just plain fun!!!

If you get the chance to watch this movie-just relax and enjoy-don't have to think hard here-just good clean fun! As you can see I LOVE THIS MOVIE.


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