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Go, Johnny, Go!

USA 1959
produced by
Alan Freed, Hal Roach jr (executive) for Hal Roach Studio
directed by Paul Landres
starring Alan Freed, Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart, Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, The Cadillacs, Jo Ann Campbell, The Flamingos, Harvey Fuqua, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo, Herb Vigran, Frank Wilcox, Barbara Woodell, Milton Frome, Joe Cranston, Martha Wentworth, Inga Boling, Robert Foulk, Phil Arnold, William Fawcett
written by Gary Alexander, music by Leon Klatzkin, songs performed by Jimmy Clanton, Chuck Berry, Sandy Stewart, Ritchie Valens, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, The Cadillacs, The Flamingos, Jo Ann Campbell, Harvey Fuqua

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Radio DJ and rock'n'roll promoter Alan Freed has started a talent search for his next superstar he has already named, Johnny Melody. Young Johnny (Jimmy Clanton), an orphan and very gifted singer who has just been thrown out of the church choir for singing rock'n'roll, knows this is his big chance, so he spends all his money on creating a demo (and almost loses the love of his life, Julie [Sandy Stewart], in the process) - but is so sure of himself that he doesn't even put his real name, address or phone number on the record.

Now Freed, his press secretary, and Chuck Berry really like Johnny's recording, but can't get hold of him, and when Johnny calls Freed, he's out - which Johnny interprets as rejection - and he gets even more enraged when he almost gets to speak to him but misses him again at a club. With his chance gone (or so he thinks), Johnny has only Julie to fall back on - but now he needs a Christmas present for her, but with all his money invested in a(n in his eyes) worthless demo, he has to find other, less legal means to get her something nice ...


Ok, this is not exactly a film that ranks very high in the originality department, and I'm pretty sure (though without proof) it hasn't won any awards for its screenplay, as the plot's at best paper-thin, filled with clichées, and mainly serves as a hanger for as many then popular musical acts as possible while showcasing now legendary Alan Freed (who at least plays his part with a hint of self irony) as the top music promoter of his era. That said, Go, Johnny, Go! is at the same time a near perfect time machine that readily introduces today's audience to yesteryear's youth culture (even if seen through the eyes of slightly conservative adults) while featuring some pretty cool performances from some pretty cool contemporary acts.

In all, great fun, fifties' style!

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