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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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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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Storyline

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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It's The NOW Sound In Music... And The New Sensation Of The Screen! 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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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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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

Cliff Donner: What the hell ever got into her to let herself get bullied into a hairy scheme like that?
Dee Dee: She's young, ambitious and therefore dangerous. It takes a few years on a girl to know how to mix a cocktail of ambition and desire.
Cliff Donner: Yeah, I guess so. In the meantime a man could bleed to death.
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References Password All-Stars (1961) See more »

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Whiz-Bam Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Lee Hazlewood
[The song is played at the start of the Whiz-Bam show]
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This movie is campy, yes. But I love it and so will you!
26 December 2004 | by TADA coSee all my reviews

Roddy Mcdowell is a gas in this musical comedy about a fun loving teenager, played coyly and sweet by the young Debbie Watson. The main character accidentally starts a dance craze by throwing a tantrum on the set of a televised dance show. The dance she creates is called, of course, "The Tantrum."

It is this campy humor that, while sometimes over the top, keeps you wanting more. There are also some great sequences shot on Olivera Street in Los Angeles and on the Palm Springs Tram. Glen Cambell is even in it.

The music is fun, that dancing a blast, it's hip and cool and ultra sixties...yeah baby! It runs on cable now and again...look for it.

This is on my list of movies you hate to love! A must see.


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