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I'm with Blobbo on this one.
Is what is. Might watch for history rock roll. Tomato Summary accurate ~
"Rock, Rock, Rock stars 13-year-old Tuesday Weld, who looks 11 if she's a day. Even so, Weld's Dori is trying to get together enough money to buy a strapless gown (she's far more self-confident than she should be at this biological stage of the game). Daddy has cut off Dori's allowance, but gee, she's gotta go to the prom. Nevermind all that, you'll want to see Rock, Rock, Rock for its dynamite lineup of guest stars. In alphabetical order: LaVerne Baker, Chuck Berry, the Johnny Burnette Trio, Jimmy Cavallo House Rockers, Cirino and the Bowties, the Coney Island Kids, the Flamingos, Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers, the Moonglows, and Teddy Randazzo. As a bonus, Connie Francis provides Tuesday Weld's singing voice. And say, kids, it's Alan Freed serving up platters 'n' chatters and stax o' wax on prom night. This marked Valerie Harper's film debut; she was in her teens at the time." Blobbo thank Tomato Summary for letting use quote.
There's some kind of plot here, all about getting a dress for the high school dance, that's more of a clue as to who the perceived audience for this genre film is meant to be for than a script. The rest is Alan Freed introducing popular acts of the time who yelp ersatz poetry about "rock music is here to stay!" That being said, Chuck Berry and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers are pretty good. And the dancers. Eh.
Tuesday Weld, Amateurish acting, and Chuck Berry, La Vern Baker, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Flamingos, The Moonglows and The Johnny Burnette Trio! I'm giving it a five.
Good Music, but Terrible Acting and lip syncing. Half the time the characters were watching TV performances. I was BORED. It wasn't really a musical, but just a bunch of music videoos of different artists on TV. How is this a movie?
Good fun, old fashioned, if slightly dated, but extremely enjoyable movie... love all the classic, classic rock acts!
This rare gem is a good old musical of all the oldies with some really bad acting and lip singing. WHO CARES! It's OLDIES! Highly recommended for those who are into oldies.
All CLASSICS are GOOD
Alan Freed! Chuck Berry! Johnny Burnett! The Moonglows! The Flamingos! LaVern Baker! Frankie Lymon! And Tuesday Weld when she was a cute kid! Too bad they deleted Frankie Virtue and the Virtues, a good pre-surf guitar band of the era who would no doubt be better known if they had been left in.The otherwise obscure Jimmy Cavello & the House Rockers are pretty cool white jump-blues group, but the inclusion of pop dreck like Teddy Randazo or the Bowties is just embarrassing, not everything that came out of the 50's was cool you know, I seem to recall that Pat Boone sold a ton of vinyl at the time. My DVD copy also has a double feature in The Rhythm and Blues Revue, from 1955 which has Big Joe Turner, Cab Calloway, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, The Larks and the Delta Rhythm Boys.
Has acting and production values on par with the average industrial film of that era, with a subplot about fiscal responsibility to boot. But the real reason to see this is for the music - and it *does* rock, in that "Paul and Paula" kind of way. At least they gave Connie Francis prominent billing in the credits for dubbing Tuesday Weld's singing voice - Francis is so distinctive, it really wouldn't have fooled anyone. Also, at one point Weld sits down to watch an American Bandstand style program and we get to see it for about 20 minutes or so, 5 or 6 songs in a row with only minimal reaction shots. Hilarious.