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" Rock 'n' Roll vs. the Squares"

-- Synopsis: A hastily produced movie to cash in on the rock 'n' roll craze of the 1950s. The plot is the standard R& R Film. A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. They watch the dancing on the local TV station's music show and are appalled at what they see so they form a committee to stop the dancing and the music, even if they have to go to Washington to do it before any more teens are corrupted in the rock 'n' roll frenzy!. Nelson (Mike Connors who starred in Mannix) needs to persuade these moral organizers that there's nothing wrong with Swingin' on the dance floor to the current tunes of the day.

* Plenty of Swing Dancing and Rock and Roll music. Features a dance contest and also shows some some historical footage of the roaring 20's Ragtime Jazz dancing as well.

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More Film Information below
1956Columbia / Tristar HomeEdward L. Cahn[DVD | VHS]
Runtime:Country Made:Language:Color:
72 minutes USA English Black and White
Genre:Featured Dancer Featured DanceDance Rating
Drama / Musical / Rock
Carlos and RosieJitterbug Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Carlos and Rosie (musical director)Charles Evans (Bill)
  Clarence Kolb (Judge McCombs)  
  Douglass Dumbrille (Eustace Fentwick III) 
  Frank Jenks (Frank)
  Giovanna Fiorino
  Jimmy Pickford  
  Leon Tyler  
  Lisa Gaye (June Fitzdingle)
  Margaret Dumont (Georgianna Fitzdingle)
  Mike Connors (Garry Nelson)
  Pat Gregory
  Paul Dubov (Bugsy Smith)
  Percy Helton (Hiram)
  Raymond Hatton (Horace Fitzdingle)
  Sterling Holloway (Albert 'Axe' McAllister)
  Tommy Charles (Himself)
  Touch Connors

Dances performed in this film   

Special Swing Dance Interest

Jitterbug n/a n/a Jitterbug

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

Ain`t That A Shame Annitta Ray (Singer) n/a
Feelin` Happy Big Joe Turner    
Honey Chile Fats Domino    
I`m in Love Again      
Lipstick, Powder and Paint      

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks

Similar Rock Films

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a Blackboard Jungle (1955) n/a
    Don't Knock The Rock (1956)  
    Don't Knock the Twist (1961)  
    Footloose (Kevin Bacon)  
    Livin' It Up (Jerry Lewis)  
    Mister Rock and Roll (1957)  
    Rock and Roll Revue  
    Rock Around the Clock (1956)  
    Rock, Rock, Rock (1956)  
    Rock You Sinners (1957)  
    $ Shake, Rattle and Rock (1994)  
    The Big Beat (1958)  

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