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  • Actors: Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band, Fran Manfred, Tuesday Weld, Connie Francis, Teddy Randazzo
  • Directors: Will Price
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky, Phyllis Coe
  • Producers: Courtney Hesfela, Herman Klappert, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PASSPORT VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock, Rock, Rock!" on IMDb

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"Rock, Rock, Rock!" Made in 1956, this small-scale look at the then new phenomenon of Rock & Roll takes a page from the books of many of the big scale musicals made by Hollywood studios. Like them, the musical performances more than make up for the thin plot and occasional weak dialogue. The biggest bonus is that the last half of the film is all music, when Alan Freed brings his show to the hero's prom. Before the advent of music videos promoting record sales, this film is essentially a 76-minute commercial for the top Rock 'n' Roll and R & B artists of the time. Starring Alan Freed (at the peak of his power and influence as the man who actually coined the term "Rock 'n' Roll") it also marks the screen debut of Tuesday Weld - albeit that her singing was actually the angelic voice of Connie Francis. On Screen performances include those from Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Johnny Burnette Trio, LaVern Baker and The Freed Band.

Bonus Material: The Alan Freed Story The dean of rock music historians, Michael Ochs, describes the 'innocence' of the early Alan Freed concerts when 50% of the audience was black and 50% white. He chronicles the rise and fall of Freed as the voice of Rock 'n' Roll and the payola scandal the ended the DJ's career. Veteran musician Red Holloway speaks of America's narrow-mindedness when radio stations across the country decided to destroy records of this Rock and R&B music they considered to be damaging to the morals of American teenagers. Cornelius Grant, Motown's Music Director for Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and The Temptations, credits Alan Freed with giving legitimacy to R&B by taking it to the mass music market and dubbing it Rock & Roll. Singer Bobby Vinton describes from his own experience how records were turned into hits in these early days of the Rock Era. In 1986 Alan freed was among the original Inductees to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and, in 1991, he received the ultimate accolade of a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Customer Reviews

It's truly the best Rock movie in the early Rock era.
LOH SZE YUAN GEORGE
This is a collecters item and if your a fan of Doo Woop & Rock'N'Roll you should get it.
D.J.
The cheesy moments are fun, Alan Freed is awesome, the music rocks!
Nikki

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on April 18, 2005
Format: DVD
The reviewers who hate this are scrooges. One negative reviewer even claims Chuck Berry was a "doo flop" performer! Some people just don't get it. I had a great time watching this movie and I grew up in the 90's. It's a good cheesy time with some great songs. The cheesy moments are fun, Alan Freed is awesome, the music rocks!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stu Harvey "Ace of Bass" on July 1, 2003
Format: DVD
Finally released on DVD this is a great opportunity to view some of the early stars of Rock'n'Roll. The plot is pure hokum and must've taken at least five minutes to write but this film is worth buying just to catch Chuck Berry, The Johnny Burnette Trio, Frankie Lymon etc. miming their hits of the day.
The transfer to DVD is good, picture quality is excellent, the sound is just OK, it was a low-budget exploitation movie so Hi-Fi quality was probably not top of the agenda. One annoying feature is a 'pop-up' logo at the bottom of the screen during one of the songs. The extras, well the one extra, in the way of an Alan Freed Bio is interesting and adds some value to this release. Well done to Passport Productions, now how about a DVD release for the other low-budget Rock'n'Roll films from the '50's?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2003
Format: DVD
Hi everybody, my name is Gert 34 years old living in New Jersey. First of all I want to thank the publisher responsible for bringing this masterpiece on the market, THANKS!! Do not expect too much about the plot in this movie or acting skills, but to see the clips in it, that is awesome. I am a big oldies and doowop fan and started to get bored by seeing always the same names on greatest-hits-kinda-like video clips. I know that there so many clips available from the fifties, of artists other then Fats Domino or Elvis, no offence because I like them too. But I know that there are many people out there (all ages) that are dying to see more rock and roll movies of the fifties and early sixties come out. I hope that it will not stop with this movie alone... But American Anthems like "Go Johnny GO" or "The big beat" and more should be available too on the market on DVD if possible.
Now back to the movie Rock Rock Rock. The quality is awesome and if you want to skip the storyboard of the movie and hit the music...? No problem just select the Chapters and select any song you want to hear. And as a big bonus you will find a documentary about Alan Freed, one of the first Rock And Roll DJ's who lived and died for the Big Beat. In other words, if you are into doo wop, Rockabilly, Jive, Rock and Roll then... THIS MOVIE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin ONeill on July 10, 2006
Format: DVD
this is a must have movie for all 50's rock & rollers simply because it has the real stars of the era. it is always a great thrill to see real class acts e.g. chuck berry, lavern baker, moonglows, frankie lymon, johnny burnette etc in their prime and in full flight. thank god for the movie camera for now we have frankie lymon forever, and why wasn't lavern baker in more films? i would have been very happy as a teenager in 1956 if a new film was released every week. after all we didn't have music television then did we!! forget about the acting & story line in "rock, rock, rock" ... it's on a par with every other 50's r&r movie in that department, and that's why i've knocked off a couple of stars. buy the dvd because it's allan freed and 1950's rock & roll.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on April 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Okay, I saw this on a Saturday afternoon when I was about 8 on television and later on "Night Flight" (of blessed memory). Anyone who has seen this knows how bad the acting and how cornball the story was. Actually, that's part of the appeal. But the MUSIC! That's where the fun begins! Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, LaVern Baker (of "Jim Dandy") fame, original doo-woppers the Moonglows (a few years before Marvin Gaye joined), etc. Alan Freed's band isn't half bad either.
Now the goofy acting and dumb story provides lots of unintended laughs. Especially when Teddy Randazzo and his buddies try to rock with outrageously bad singing and dancing that makes Al Gore look like James Brown! What a hoot! Get it, program it to the good stuff, and enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D.J. on February 17, 2001
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The movie I first saw on AMC channel last summer and thought that the music was great but then I saw the acting and said "Oh My God"!Where did they get these people.But awesome perfomances by Frankie Lymon & Others help the movie.This is a collecters item and if your a fan of Doo Woop & Rock'N'Roll you should get it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve T Oguri on July 9, 2000
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For many years I listened to rock and roll oldies but this film features Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and the teenagers, music from Connie Francis. Actually the best thing about this film is all about the music and I dodnt care much for the storyline. However I cant wait to see the DVD version when it comes out this year. Currently I do have the old beta version of this video.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jessierockie2" on June 27, 2003
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Hi everybody, my name is Gert 34 years old living in New Jersey. First of all I want to thank the publisher responsible for bringing this masterpiece on the market, THANKS!! Do not expect too much about the plot in this movie or acting skills, but to see the clips in it, that is awesome. I am a big oldies and doowop fan and started to get bored by seeing always the same names on greatest-hits-kinda-like video clips. I know that there so many clips available from the fifties, of artists other then Fats Domino or Elvis, no offence because I like them too. But I know that there are many people out there (all ages) that are dying to see more rock and roll movies of the fifties and early sixties come out. I hope that it will not stop with this movie alone... But American Anthems like "Go Johnny GO" or "The big beat" and more should be available too on the market on DVD if possible.
Now back to the movie Rock Rock Rock. The quality is awesome and if you want to skip the storyboard of the movie and hit the music...? No problem just select the Chapters and select any song you want to hear. And as a big bonus you will find a documentary about Alan Freed, one of the first Rock And Roll DJ's who lived and died for the Big Beat. In other words, if you are into doo wop, Rockabilly, Jive, Rock and Roll then... THIS MOVIE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Gkassel@comcast.net
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