Don't Knock the Rock
|Don't Knock the Rock|
Film lobby card
|Directed by||Fred F. Sears|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Screenplay by||Robert E. Kent|
|Story by||Robert E. Kent|
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline|
|Editing by||Paul Borofsky
Edwin H. Bryan
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||84 mins.|
|Box office||$1.2 million (US rentals)|
Don't Knock the Rock is a 1956 American musical film starring Alan Dale. Directed by Fred F. Sears, the film also features performances by Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, The Treniers, and Dave Appell and the Applejacks.
The title of the film comes from one of Haley's hit singles of 1956. The Haley recording is played over the opening credits, but it is Alan Dale who performs the number in the film.
Dale stars as Arnie Haines, a rock and roll star who returns to his hometown to rest up for the summer only to find that rock and roll has been banned there by disapproving adults. With the help of disc jockey Alan Freed and film headliners Bill Haley & His Comets, they set out to prove that the music isn't as bad as adults think.
Don't Knock the Rock premiered in New York City on December 12, 1956 (The film is often listed in reference books as being a 1957 release, due to its December 1956 premiere). The film was an immediate follow-up to the earlier Rock Around the Clock, which had also starred Haley and Freed. Although Haley and the Comets were the top-billed stars of the film, their role in it was relatively minor and the film failed to duplicate the box office success of its predecessor. Today it is mostly remembered for introducing Little Richard to a mass audience.
Songs performed in the movie
- "Don't Knock the Rock" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "I Cry More" - Alan Dale
- "You're Just Right" - Alan Dale
- "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "Goofin' Around" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "Hook, Line And Sinker" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "Applejack" - Dave Appell and the Applejacks
- "Your Love Is My Love" - Alan Dale
- "Calling All Comets" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "Out Of The Bushes" - The Treniers
- "Rip It Up" - Bill Haley and His Comets
- "Rocking On Saturday Night" - The Treniers
- "Gonna Run" - Alan Dale
- "Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard
- "Tutti-Frutti" - Little Richard
- "Country Dance" - Dave Appell and the Applejacks
- "Don't Knock the Rock" - Alan Dale
The version of the guitar instrumental "Goofin' Around" performed in this film differs from the version released on Decca Records; it has yet to be officially issued although a film audio recording of the scene in which it was played (as opposed to the original studio recording) was released in the late 1990s by the German label Hydra Records. Due to sheet music for the songs "Applejack" and "Country Dance" being released as a tie-in with this movie but with Bill Haley's, not Dave Appell's, photo on the cover, these songs, although Haley-sounding, are often erroneously cited as Bill Haley recordings.
Home video release
Don't Knock the Rock was never released officially on VHS or laserdisc in North America. In 2006, the film was released on Region 1 DVD by Sony Pictures (current owners of the Columbia catalog) in a two-disc set with Rock Around the Clock.
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
- "Don't Knock the Rock: Original Print Information". tcm.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- "Don't knock the rock; Rock around the clock". worldcat.org. Retrieved February 10, 2013.