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The Story of Johnny O'Keefe 

Dramatisation of the life of the Australian rock singer from his peak success in the 1950s.






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Series cast summary:
Terry Serio ...  Johnny O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
John McTernan John McTernan ...  Lee Gordon 2 episodes, 1985
Marcelle Schmitz Marcelle Schmitz ...  Marianne O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ...  Maureen O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Tony Barry ...  Alan Heffernan 2 episodes, 1985
John Paramor John Paramor ...  Bill Haley 2 episodes, 1985
Steve Shaw Steve Shaw ...  Catfish Purser 2 episodes, 1985
Greg Stone ...  Deejay Doublebass 2 episodes, 1985
John Polson ...  Deejay Saxophone 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Alexander Robert Alexander ...  Brother Marzorini 2 episodes, 1985
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Ray O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Nick Holland Nick Holland ...  Smythe 2 episodes, 1985
Ritchie Singer ...  Max Moore 2 episodes, 1985
Roger Ward ...  Police Sergeant 2 episodes, 1985
Leanne Bundy Leanne Bundy ...  Widgie 2 episodes, 1985
Jan Ringrose Jan Ringrose ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1985
Simone Taylor Simone Taylor ...  Dixie 2 episodes, 1985
Rob Thomas Rob Thomas ...  Festival Manager 2 episodes, 1985
Chuck McKinney Chuck McKinney ...  Little Richard 2 episodes, 1985
Liz Harris Liz Harris ...  Valda Marshall 2 episodes, 1985
Nique Needles Nique Needles ...  Col Joye 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Sherman Arthur Sherman ...  Clay 2 episodes, 1985
Alton Harvey Alton Harvey ...  Ed Sullivan 2 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Burton Elizabeth Burton ...  Stripper 2 episodes, 1985
Diana Davidson Diana Davidson ...  Matriach 2 episodes, 1985
Robbie McGregor Robbie McGregor ...  Australian Doctor 2 episodes, 1985
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1985
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1985
Donna Gubbay Donna Gubbay ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Chris Hession Chris Hession ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Greg Curran Greg Curran ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Flaherty Paul Flaherty ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Ross Higgins Ross Higgins ...  Voice Overs 2 episodes, 1985
Ollie Hall Ollie Hall 2 episodes, 1985
Kellie Turner Kellie Turner ...  Girl in pub 2 episodes, 1985


Dramatisation of the life of the Australian rock singer from his peak success in the 1950s.

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1.33 : 1
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Despressingly sad!
27 February 2006 | by oliver_weasleySee all my reviews

OK, i understand that this was a low budget film, but it is no excuse for it to be BAD in every way sense and form! First of all, the script is woeful. Dialogue is ridiculous and the scene's are all over the place. The acting follows suit being so PATHETICALLY delivered, not thought out in any way and rushed to everyone's best ability. Terry is the WORST mimer of O'Keefe's songs i could ever imagine. In no way or form does he look like he is singing the songs. He has obviously memorised JO'K's moves, but then applies these moves to the wrong songs. I'm sure Johnny O'Keefe did not bounce and shake his leg while singing "she wears my ring" or "Save the last dance". In addition to this, the story manages to successfully avoid O'Keefe's actual Career in the story of his life. I am not sure how it manages it, but in no way shape or form does it seem to cover his rise and fall and rise again in the Rock and Roll world! I cannot express how much pain this movie caused me to watch and how on earth i managed to sit through the whole thing without slashing vital arteries. An Australian icon such as JO'K deserved better

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