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The Cool Ones (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 April 1967 (USA)
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.


Gene Nelson


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




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 ... Charlie Forbes
James Millhollin ... Manager
Phil Arnold ... Uncle Steve


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 egotistical tycoon was allegedly based on Phil Spector See more »


Tony Krum: I want you all to know that I, Tony Krum, have lost my touch.
Dee Dee Howitzer: No, baby, no! You're still too much.
Tony Krum: My darkest day has come to pass..
Charlie Forbes: Don't blow that way! You are still a gas!
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References Password (1961) See more »


Just One of Those Things
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Glen Campbell with Debbie Watson
[Patrick & the East Enders are performing the song on Whiz-Bam when Hallie cuts in]
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A terrible, groovy classic, man!
28 October 2003 | by cocteauaddictSee all my reviews

Yes, this film is terrible- horrific and just plain bad. But I like it, and I'm not ashamed to say it! Normally, this is not my kind of film, as I prefer obscure classics. But this film is so bad, so truly bad- it's good. See how earnest the cast treats this dreck? They're really into it, man! And what a story! Don't you wish that your pals picked you up in their little red sports car on a free trip to Palm Springs after you screw up on the "Whiz Bang" TV show because you want to be a STAR? Gil Peterson, as the erstwhile mutant heartthrob, has to be one of the world's worst actors... and he has ever so much competition. My fave moments: Don't miss Teri ("Young Frankenstein") Garr as a go-go dancer! Don't miss Gil Peterson soulfully singing an uptempo version of that Doris Day classic, "My Secret Love." And please, don't miss my favorite character in the whole darned movie: that sad little dancer doing his darndest James Brown shake and shimmy- I nearly died from laughter.

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12 April 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Baby, Cool! See more »

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2.35 : 1
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