Go, Johnny, Go!

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Go, Johnny Go!
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Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Directed by Paul Landres
Produced by Hal Roach, Jr.
Written by Gary Alexander
Starring Alan Freed
Jimmy Clanton
Sandy Stewart
Chuck Berry
Music by Leon Klatzkin
Cinematography Jack Etra
Edited by Walter A. Hannemann
Distributed by Valiant Films
Release dates
  • June 1959 (1959-06)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Go, Johnny Go! is a 1959 rock and roll film starring Alan Freed as a talent scout searching for a future rock and roll star. Co-starring in the film are Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart, and Chuck Berry. The film has also been released as Johnny Melody, The Swinging Story and The Swinging Story of Johnny Melody.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

This is a fiction account of a young singer Johnny Melody who gets discovered by Alan Freed. It starts with Chuck Berry and Alan discussing the young Melody with Barry intimating that he nearly ended in the slammer. Alan relays the story of how Johnny went from being an orphan with no last name to becoming a major singer.


Cast notes
  • Jimmy Clanton was involved in the music scene of New Orleans. The first single he released, "Just A Dream", was recorded with the assistance of studio musicians such as Mac Rebennack ("Dr. John, the Night Tripper") and Allen Toussaint.[2] Rebennack would have a Top 10 hit on the Billboard charts with "Right Place, Wrong Time" in 1973. The recording session for "Just A Dream" was amongst the first Toussaint would participate in; he has been very active in the music industry in the decades since then.
  • Go, Johnny Go! was the only film appearance of Ritchie Valens, who died shortly after filming it in a plane crash, along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. The film was released after Valens' death.[3]
  • Go, Johnny Go! was Eddie Cochran's third and final appearance in a major picture. A second song, "I Remember", was filmed but cut from the final print.



Go, Johnny Go! was filmed in five days at the Culver City, California studios of Hal Roach Productions.[2]


  1. ^ Go, Johnny, Go! at the TCM Movie Database
  2. ^ a b Stafford, Jeff. "Go, Johnny Go!" on TCM.com
  3. ^ Osborne, Robert. Outro to the Turner Classic Movie showing of Go, Johnny Go! on May 19, 2012

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