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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IKZQPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Rock n Roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star,then must find the elusive,mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won. Also stars Paul Landres,Sandy Stewart, Chuck Berry,Jackie Wilson,Ritchie Valens,The Cadillacs, Jo-Ann Campbell, The Flamingos,Harvey and Eddie Cochran

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sam Spade on March 15, 2011
Go Johnny Go" is one of the most interesting and enjoyable of the early rock films.Chuck Berry features,not just as a performer but an actor as well
The movie has the only big screen performance of Richie Valens,who died very shortly after he filmed this appearance,in the notorious 1959 plane crash,which also claimed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Another tragic rocker here is Eddie Cochran,a car accident victim about a year and a half after he made the film.
The story,such as it is,concerns Alan Freed's desire to make a star out of a talented nobody-this means we get a lot of crooning from lanky teen idol Jimmy Clanton,playing the aforesaid nobody(the "Johnny" of the title).

Look out for scene with Alan Freed jamming on drums along with Chuck Berry and his group on the marvellous "Little Queenie",Freed looks like he's having a ball.

Performers(alphabetical)- Chuck Berry-"Go Johnny go","Little Queenie" "Memphis Tennessee" The Cadillacs-"Jaywalker","Please Mr Johnson"(They may have been the poor man's Coasters,but they're great here,acting out their song stories on the stage in a club). Jo-Ann Campbell-"Momma can I go out?" Jimmy Clanton-"Angel face","It takes a long time","My love is true","Ship on a stormy sea" Eddie Cochran-"Teenage Heaven"(watch Eddie dance with his guitar!) The Flamingos-"Jump children"(a performance of breathtaking exuberance) Harvey Fuqua-"Don't be afraid to love me" Sandy Stewart-"Heavenly father","Playmate"(the last one a perky piece performed in a recording studio) Sandy Stewart/Jimmy Clanton-"Once again" Richie Valens-"Ooh my head""(performed for Freed and his pals and a tiny group of teens) Jackie Wilson-"You'd better know it"(Wilson,a reliable showstopper as always-and one of the coolest rockers ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert J Whitaker on April 27, 2012
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Clocking in at about an hour, contains rarities of the early days of rock and roll. The plot is dumb and in the way, and the only reason to see this is for some performances that otherwise would have been lost. The only clip of Ritchie Valens is here. The Flamingoe perform a jaw dropping song and dance number. Three Chuck Berry tunes, one of them being an extended Johnnie B. Good, played over the opening credits. If you love 1950's music you can't go wrong here. Much better than expected.

Is Chuck Berry the only one in this film who is still alive?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Moore on July 30, 2011
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Print is clean but when shown on a large plasma flat screen, it is slighty fuzzy. Sound is good. Wish someone could rremaster at the quality of the big professional studios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2013
In GO, JOHNNY, GO, the orphan boy (Clanton) striving for his R&R break plotline is just an excuse for many fine performances (and a few schlocky ones). Berry does three of his hits, the Cadillacs sound like the Coasters, 17-year-old Valens is outstanding in his only film, as is Wilson.

As for legendary DJ Alan Freed, we all owe a great deal to this crusading integrator and champion of rock & roll. This one's a must-see for fans of 1950s pop, r&b and rock music.

Cameo: MCHALE'S NAVY's Joe Flynn (Capt. Binghamton) as a grumpy head usher.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.6) Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) - Alan Freed/Chuck Berry/Jimmy Clanton/Sandy Stewart/Jackie Wilson/Ritchie Valens/Eddie Cochran/the Cadillacs/the Flamingos/Jo-Ann Campbell/Harvey Fuqua (uncredited: Joe Flynn)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Boucher on December 20, 2012
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This DVD was more than I expected. The sound was good, and a well presented story. I didn't realise that this was an actual story, but I really liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cooper on April 15, 2014
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This is a great movie, and the music is absolutely wonderful, especially if you like music of the early rock-n-roll era!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geoffrey Trotter on May 22, 2011
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I Had Not Seen This Movie In Years It Was Great To Relive Those Great Days Of Rock n Roll The Songs The Clothes The Cars Its A Great Movie A Young Jimmy Clanton And Chuck Berry. Jimmy Clanton Has A Chip On His Shoulder And Is Trying To
Become A Rock n Roll Star. Rock n Roll Promoter Alan Freed Is In Search Of A New Star Jimmy Clanton Cuts A Demo Record With The Help Of A Young Sandy Stewart As A Back Up Voice He Makes It Big
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