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
December 7, 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 conceived, co-written and co-produced by Milton Subotsky and directed by Will Price. The film is an early jukebox musical featuring performances by established rock and roll singers of the era, including Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and the Teenagers with Frankie Lymon as lead singer. Almost every member of the cast was signed to a record label at the time, which was credited along with each star. Later West Side Story cast member David Winters is also featured. Famed disc jockey Alan Freed made an appearance as himself.

The movie has a fairly simple plot: teenage girl Dori Graham (played by then 13-year-old Tuesday Weld, with a credited Connie Francis dubbed in as Dori's singing voice) can't persuade her dad to buy her a strapless gown and has to get the money together herself in time for the prom. Jack Collins plays the frustrated dad.

Valerie Harper made her debut in a brief appearance as an extra seated at the center table during the performance of "Ever Since I Can Remember" by Cirino and the Bowties and can be seen after the performance of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. This was also Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' film debut.

In 1984, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) because of the claimant's failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. The film's numerous musical numbers may have been copyrighted separately and thus the film may not entirely be public domain.[2]

Cast[edit]

Featured songs[edit]

Rock, Rock, Rock

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack album, also titled Rock, Rock, Rock!, was released by Chess Records labeled LP 1425.[4] The soundtrack compilation featured four songs each from only three artists, Chuck Berry, The Moonglows, and The Flamingos. 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. The Connie Francis songs "I Never Had a Sweetheart" and "Little Blue Wren" appeared in the film and were also released by MGM Records in 1956 as a Connie Francis single. "Baby, Baby" and "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" by The Teenagers also appeared in the film and were subsequently released as a single by Gee Records.

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]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 7
  2. ^ 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. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. 
  3. ^ a b c from the movie
  4. ^ Chuck Berry's Collector Guide

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