Rock All Night
|It Conquered the World|
Original film poster by Albert Kallis
|Directed by||Roger Corman|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||Charles B. Griffith|
|Based on||TV play The Little Guy by David P. Harmon|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|Release date(s)||24 April 1957 (USA)|
|Running time||62 min.|
Rock All Night is a 1957 American International Pictures (AIP) film produced and directed by Roger Corman based on a 25-minute television episode of The Jane Wyman Theatre from 1955 called Little Guy.
Two escaping killers hide out in a bar and hold the bartender and clients hostage. Amongst the patrons are a nervous singer (Abby Dalton), a boxer, his wife, and manager, an extortionist, a loud thug and his girlfriend, and a small man who can pick people's real as opposed to posed personalities and has no fear (Dick Miller).
Roger Corman bought the rights to "The Little Guy" and gave it to Charles B. Griffith to expand into a feature. According to one account, Griffith says he wrote the script in one day. In another, what happened was two days before filming there was a change in the schedule of The Platters and they were only going to be available for one day so Griffith rewrote the script in 48 hours.
Songwriter and manager Buck Ram offered a slew of his musical talent such as The Platters, The Blockbusters, and Nora Hayes to AIP for a film in return for having the sole rights to a soundtrack album for the film. Corman filmed Ram's acts lip synching their tunes on a separate set that comprise the beginning of the film. Rock All Night was made in five days and originally appeared as a double feature with Dragstrip Girl.
Comedian Lord Buckley had planned to be in the film, but when he was unavailable, one of Corman's stock company and a writer for Buckley, Mel Welles imitated Buckley in the role of "Sir Bop". Wells wrote a dictionary of hip talk for the film.
Despite the short shooting schedule and minimal locations (only two sets) Corman always regarded the movie as a personal favourite.
- Aaron W. Graham, 'Little Shop of Genres: An interview with Charles B. Griffith', Senses of Cinema, 15 April, 2005 accessed 25 June 2012
- Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p79
- p.74 Denisoff, R. Serge & Romanowski, William D. Risky Business: Rock in Film 1991 Transaction Books
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- Corman, Roger and Jerome, Jim How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime 1998 Da Capo Press
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