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Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956/Koch/Passport DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: B- Film: C+

Before the advent of The Beatles and especially before MTV, there were many attempts to put music on film outside of the Film Musical. As the Rock genre came about, so did a teen film-going audience, so instead of Soundie shorts, they tried short feature films. Alan Freed was responsible for his own cycle if them in which he appeared as host, which makes sense since he is THE disc jockey that put Rock on the map before the anti-Rock establishment put him in his grave. Will Price's Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956) is one of these films.

Running just past a B-movie length of 83 minutes, the film features, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (Baby Baby, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent), Chuck Berry (You Can't Catch Me), The Moonglows (I Knew It From The Start, Over & Over), The Flamingos (Will I Be Crying), Connie Francis and LaVern Baker (Tra La La), and Tuesday Weld (in her film debut) lip-syncing Francis. Of course, there is no real narrative, so all one can do is wait (or in the case of DVD, forward) to the music performance desired. Chapter selection admits this by breaking all the songs down as the chapter stops. Expect a big helping of Doo Wop throughout.

The full frame, 1.33 X 1 black and white image is scratchy and shows its age, as who knows where the original camera materials are for this film, but the print is not a disaster and is watchable. Though the film is in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and you can see lip-syncing even when it is the actual artist on camera, many of the hits were cut in mono anyhow. There is certainly room for improvement, but stereo should not be assumed on any of the hits. The only extra is an even more interesting look at Alan Freed's life called The Alan Freed Story that might be worth watching before seeing the film itself.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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