The Cool Ones

Overview

This musical comedy pokes fun at the music industry as it tells of the romantic travails of two popular singers thrust together by an ingenious promoter/matchmaker as a publicity stunt. The young male needs to revive his flagging career while the female singer is trying to get her big break; so both of them reluctantly go along with their manager's harebrained scheme. You can guess what happens next. Songs include: "The Cool Ones," "A Bad Woman's Love," "Whiz Bam Opener," "This Town," "High," "Up Your Totem Pole ...
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Overview

This musical comedy pokes fun at the music industry as it tells of the romantic travails of two popular singers thrust together by an ingenious promoter/matchmaker as a publicity stunt. The young male needs to revive his flagging career while the female singer is trying to get her big break; so both of them reluctantly go along with their manager's harebrained scheme. You can guess what happens next. Songs include: "The Cool Ones," "A Bad Woman's Love," "Whiz Bam Opener," "This Town," "High," "Up Your Totem Pole with Love," "Tantrum," and "Where Did I Go Wrong?"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some bad movies are more entertaining than their much better cousins, and The Cool Ones falls squarely into that category. Make no mistake about it: this is a very, very bad movie. A supposed satire, the barbs it lobs at its targets are inane and often pointless -- which pretty well summarizes both the plot and dialogue as well. (In what other movie would the appellation "rainbow trout" be considered a compliment?) The performances are simply atrocious, with Roddy McDowall clearly (and rightfully) embarrassed. Debbie Watson and Gil Peterson don't seem to be aware of how ridiculous their roles are, lending their performances some amateurish innocence; it doesn't make their acting any better, but it adds to the fun. The musical numbers, of course, are unforgettable, including "High," set aboard a tram climbing a mountain, and the entirely too groovy dance fad "The Tantrum." Peterson's "Secret Love" and Glen Campbell's "Just One of Those Things" are also memorably bad, but nothing compares to Mrs. Miller's frightening and hilarious "It's Magic." As far as the choreography goes, it's energetic, very period, and totally pointless. Gene Nelson's direction is entirely off the mark, which turns out to be a blessing; if he had left the performers to their own devices and just let the camera roll, the end result would have been just as bad, but considerably duller. Unlike other bad musicals (such as Xanadu), The Cool Ones' lack of quality makes it a great deal of fun -- at least for a while.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • UPC: 883316615904
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,644

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roddy McDowall Tony
Debbie Watson Hallie
Gil Peterson Cliff
Phil Harris MacElwaine
Robert Coote Stan
Nita Talbot Dee Dee
George Furth Howie
Jim Begg Charles Forbes
Phil Arnold Uncle Steve
Glen Campbell
James Millhollin Manager
Technical Credits
Gene Nelson Director, Screenwriter
Toni Basil Choreography
William Conrad Producer
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
LeRoy G. Deane Art Director
Ernie Freeman Score Composer
James T. Heckert Editor
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Robert Kaufman Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
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