"Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

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"Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

Postby GoogaMooga » 02 Jul 2019, 01:44

NOW STREAMING: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956). Not much to say here, really. It was 13 year old Tuesday Weld's film debut, and she is the only real acting talent in this package film, hosted by DJ/impresario Alan Freed, he of package tour fame. Pretty sure he coined the term rock'n'roll, too, but that's another story. He certainly popularized it. 1956 was the year rock'n'roll really took off in America. Sock hops, soda fountain jukeboxes all aglow, and a general feeling that something big was happening, as teen-agers got their own demographic and their own culture for the first time. No longer just young adults, suddenly marketing departments took an interest in their modest allowances. And Tuesday Weld fiddles her little budget book, and Pops gets mad and warns her of "keeping two sets of books", something you could go to jail for in real life! Tuesday Weld just wanted to hide that she had gone a bit wild on the jukebox, but now the most pressing matter is how to get $30 for a new prom dress. As you might have guessed, the threadbare plot is just an excuse to show some of the biggest stars of the day, performing their biggest hits. Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Moonglows, and the one I stayed awake for, Frankie Lymon and the Teen-agers. This is the third of a series of five films that Alan Freed hosted, made to cash in on the new fad, which turned out to be more than just a fad. Jitterbug didn't last, though, and to watch the young dancers with a modern mindset, puts the viewer firmly in Squaresville.

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Re: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

Postby Muskrat » 02 Jul 2019, 06:55

Isn’t that the one where Tuesday opens her mouth to sing and Connie Francis’s voice comes out?
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Re: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

Postby GoogaMooga » 02 Jul 2019, 13:47

Muskrat wrote:Isn’t that the one where Tuesday opens her mouth to sing and Connie Francis’s voice comes out?


Yes, and it's very, very obvious. :)
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Re: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

Postby Muskrat » 03 Jul 2019, 20:55

Well, lookie here!

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Re: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" (1956)

Postby C » 04 Jul 2019, 16:36

Not 'arf!


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