The Big Beat (1958)

Genres - Comedy, Drama, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Shipped out on a double bill with Summer Love, Universal's The Big Beat is another of those "rock & roll salads" so popular in the late 1950s. What plot there is concerns the efforts by record executive John Randall (William Reynolds) to sign up several top R&R acts. John also wants to prove his mettle to his old-fashioned exec father Joseph (Bill Goodwin), whose tastes are strictly squaresville. Aiding and abetting Randall is his faithful secretary Nikki (Andrea Martin), who of course worships the shag rug her boss walks on. Comic relief is provided by the one-time-only teaming of Rose Marie and Hans Conried. (This alone is worth the admission price!) The musical highlights in The Big Beat are provided by such luminaries as Gogi Grant, Fats Domino ("I'm Walking"), and the Diamonds.

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betrayal, business, courtmartial, desertion, false-conviction, imprisonment, jazz, military, misunderstanding, record-company, recording, secretary, shoot-out, son