Rock, Rock, Rock (film)

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Rock, Rock, Rock
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One-sheet for the film
Directed by Will Price
Produced by Max Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written by Phyllis Coe
Milton Subotsky
Starring Tuesday Weld
Chuck Berry
Alan Freed
Teddy Randazzo
Music by Milton Subotsky
Frank Virtue
Ray Ellis
Production
  company
Vanguard Productions
Distributed by Distributors Corporation of America
Release date(s)
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75,000 plus $25,000 in deferments[1]

Rock, Rock, Rock! is a 1956 black-and-white motion picture featuring performances from a number of early rock 'n' roll stars, such as Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and the Teenagers with Frankie Lymon as lead singer. Future West Side Story cast member David Winters is also featured. Famed disc jockey Alan Freed makes an appearance as himself. The voice of the main character (Dori Graham) was sung by Connie Francis.

The movie has a fairly simple plot: teenage girl Dori Graham (played by then 13-year-old Tuesday Weld) can't convince her dad to buy her a strapless gown and has to get the money together herself in time for the prom.

The soundtrack album, also titled Rock, Rock, Rock, is nowadays widely regarded as Chuck Berry's first album.[2] Many of the artists featured in the film do not appear on the album, and only four songs on the album ("Over and Over Again," "I Knew From the Stars," "You Can't Catch Me," and "Would I Be Crying") actually appear in the film.

Both Jack Collins and Valerie Harper (who makes a brief appearance as an extra in the crowd at the prom) made their film debut in Rock, Rock, Rock.

In 1984, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimant's failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[3]

Featured songs[edit]

  • "Rock, Rock, Rock" -- Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers
  • "I Never Had A Sweetheart" -- Connie Francis
  • "The Things Your Heart Needs" -- Teddy Randazzo
  • "Rock, Pretty Baby" -- Ivy Schulman and the Bowties
  • "Rock & Roll Boogie" -- Alan Freed & His Rock & Roll Band w/"Big" Al Sears (saxophone)
  • "I Knew From The Start" -- The Moonglows
  • "You Can't Catch Me" -- Chuck Berry
  • "Would I Be Crying" -- The Flamingos
  • "The Big Beat"—Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers
  • "Thanks To You"—Teddy Randazzo (announced as Tommy Rodgers)[4]
  • "We're Gonna Rock Tonight"—The Three Chuckles With Teddy Randazzo[5]
  • "Little Blue Wren"—Connie Francis
  • "Rock, Rock, Rock"—Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers[6]
  • "Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)" -- Johnny Burnette Trio
  • "Over and Over Again" -- The Moonglows
  • "Tra La La" -- Lavern Baker
  • "Ever Since I Can Remember" -- Cirino & the Bowties
  • "Baby Baby" -- Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  • "I'm Not A Juvenille Delinquent"—Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  • "Won't You Give Me A Chance"—Teddy Randazzo
  • "Right Now, Right Now"—Alan Freed & His Rock & Roll Band with "Big" Al Sears (saxophone)

Production[edit]

This was the first feature film collaboration between Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg.[1]

Reception[edit]

The film was a success at the box office.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 7
  2. ^ Chuck Berry's Collector Guide
  3. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ from the movie
  5. ^ from the movie
  6. ^ from the movie

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