Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A must-see for students of 1950s pop culture, Rock, Pretty Baby was Universal-International's earliest acknowledgement of the rock 'n' roll craze. John Saxon plays 18-year-old high schooler Jimmy Daley, who intends to pursue a musical career despite the objections of his physician father (Edward C. Platt). Daley organizes a student band, then tries his best to obtain bookings. One of Jimmy's musical cohorts is none other than Rod McKuen, cast as one "Ox Bentley". Inevitably, the film comes to a noissome conclusion during a televised "bandstand" show, hosted by LA deejay Johnny Grant. The supporting cast of Rock, Pretty Baby runs the age gamut from teenaged Sal Mineo to veteran film favorite Fay Wray.

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band [music group], competition, contest, disapproval, doctor/nurse, high-school, love, parent, rock-band, rock-music, school, teenagers