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Mister Rock and Roll (1957)

There is very little story in this showcase vehicle for rock ‘n’ roll.

Reporter Carole Hendricks (Lois O’Brien) is anxious for a story from DJ Alan Freed on rock and roll and is introduced to singer Teddy Randazzo. They fall for each other immediately, but break up in a row over what Carole’s editor, Joe Prentiss (Jay Barney), is doing to slander the “menace” of rock & roll and Freed.

Once again, though, Al saves the music and the star-crossed lovers, by explaining the music’s origins and putting on a benefit for the editor’s favourite charity – the ‘heart fund’.

The film features a slew of classic performances by Lionel Hampton, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, LaVern Baker, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Brook Benton, Chuck Berry and many more.

Too many of the performers are saddled with pre-rock material, although Chuck Berry (with Baby Doll) and Little Richard (with Lucille) are a gas to watch.

Alan Freed 
Himself
Teddy Randazzo
Himself
Carole Hendricks
Lois O’Brien
Rocky Graziano 
Himself
Joe Prentiss
Jay Barney
Al
Al Fisher
Lou
Lou Marks
Earl George
Leo Wirtz
Frankie Lymon
Himself
Little Richard
Himself
Brook Benton 
Himself
Chuck Berry
Himself
Clyde McPhatter 
Himself
La Vern Baker
Herself
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Himself
The Moonglows
Themselves

Director
Charles Dubin