Alan Freed's Rock, Rock, Rock!

Alan Freed's Rock, Rock, Rock!

Director: Will Price

Cast: Tuesday Weld, Teddy Randazzo

     
 

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Rock, Rock, Rock stars 13-year-old Tuesday Weld, who looks 11 if she's a day. Even so, Weld is trying to get together enough money to buy a strapless gown (she's far more self confident than she should be at this biological stage of the game). Daddy has cut off Weld's allowance, but gee, she's gotta go to the prom. Never mind all that: you'll want to see

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Rock, Rock, Rock stars 13-year-old Tuesday Weld, who looks 11 if she's a day. Even so, Weld is trying to get together enough money to buy a strapless gown (she's far more self confident than she should be at this biological stage of the game). Daddy has cut off Weld's allowance, but gee, she's gotta go to the prom. Never mind all that: you'll want to see Rock, Rock, Rock for its dynamite line-up of guest stars. In alphabetical order: LaVerne Baker, Chuck Berry, The Johnny Burnett Trio, Jimmy Cavallo House Rockers, Cirino and the Bowties, The Coney Island Kids, The Flamingos, Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers, The Moonglows, and Teddy Randazzo. As a bonus, Connie Francis provides Tuesday Weld's singing voice. And say, kids: it's Alan Freed, serving up platters 'n' chatters and stax o' wax on Prom Night.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Rock, Rock, Rock! was the first of three juke-box movies starring Alan Freed, the legendary dee-jay who, as much as anyone else, played an essential role in putting rock 'n' roll on the map. It also happens to be a dreadful movie in most of the areas by which we usually judge a movie's worth -- among other shortcomings, the "plot" is thinner than tissue paper and the acting is barely on a level that would engender the description "amateurish"; what's more, and, seemingly fatally for a movie with those attributes, it never lets us forget that it is a movie. And, yet, for all of those flaws (and one has to see Tuesday Weld's performance to truly appreciate the awfulness that we're talking about), this is still a movie worth watching, as a popular culture and musical artifact of its time. If one concentrates on the musical acts, whose performances take up most of the movie's running time, one gets a sense of a telling moment in American cultural history, when rock 'n' roll captured the imagination of virtually the entire population below the age of 20, and even some of their parents to a certain degree -- and as this was the first full year of the rock 'n' roll boom, a lot of Black acts that would be swept aside later in the 1950's are featured as well. You sort of wish that someone would shove Alan Freed aside in the final performance segment so that we could see Big Al Sears, the jazz saxophone legend, in the center of the screen, but it's pretty cool just hearing him and seeing his band, and it was Freed who brought them aboard on his package tour. Later on, programmers would become more sensitive to racial and sexual sensibilities but here we get sexy, robust La Vern Baker, the elegant Moonglows, the spirited Flamingos, the beguiling Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, and the totally provocative and lusty Chuck Berry, duckwalking through "You Can't Catch Me," his guitar about as phallic looking a stage prop as anything seen on the screen this side of the bananas in a Carmen Miranda production number -- had a Black man ever before been permitted such a degree of sexual expression (and you can see the delightful, proud smugness on Berry's face, knowing what audience the movie was aimed at) in a movie intended for white audiences? Not to this reviewer's knowledge. The white acts -- even most of the dance bands -- are also pretty good, though there's only one here that matches the Black performers for sheer charisma, and that's Johnny Burnette doing "Lonesome Train."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
UPC:
0741157141993
Original Release:
1956
Source:
Cleopatra
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:26:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tuesday Weld Dori
Connie Francis Dubbed singing for Tuesday Weld
Teddy Randazzo Tommy
Alan Freed Recording Artist (Coral)
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Actor
Chuck Berry Actor
Johnny Burnette Actor
Fats Domino Actor
LaVern Baker Recording Artist (Atlantic)
Flamingos Actor
Jack Collins Father
Bert Conway Mr. Barker
Valerie Harper Actor
Carol Moss Mother
David Winters Melville
Jimmy Cavallo Actor
Jacqueline Kerr Gloria
Lester Mack Mr. Bimble
Fran Manfred Arabella
Ivy Schulman Baby
Eleanor Swayne Miss Silky
Frank Virtue Actor

Technical Credits
Will Price Director
Chuck Berry Songwriter
Charles F. Calhoun Songwriter
Buddy Dufault Songwriter
George Goldner Songwriter
Blandine Hafela Editor
Morris Hartzband Cinematographer
Leroy Kirkland Songwriter
Freddie Mitchell Songwriter
Glen Moore Songwriter
Johnny Parker Songwriter
Max Rosenberg Producer
Aaron Schroeder Songwriter
Sears Songwriter
Milton Subotsky Musical Direction/Supervision,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Virtue Songwriter
Ben Weisman Songwriter
Weisman Songwriter

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