Rock All Night -- 62 minute Corman cheapie with some music
Oct 3, 2006
Review by ChrisJarmick
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:62 minutes. Dick Miller. Could have been worse.
Cons:Two of them at least named Jigger and Joey.
The Bottom Line: Cheap, quick short Corman Drive In Movie. Fun cast. 2.5 stars.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.
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From time to time I will be reviewing lesser known and obscure movies that I have at one point seen. That doesnt mean the movies are any good. There is usually something interesting or notable about these movies or the people who made them.
One of 8 movies Corman made in 1956 was this quick and cheap teenage rock-n-roll flick for AIP. The following year he would make Carnival Rock for Howco. There were dozens of these kinds of movies made, none are particular good but some have very interesting rock-n-roll performances. Most of them are terrible when the music stopsCormans are at least of marginal interest because hes actually attempting to make a movie with characters and a plot and integrate the musical performances so it feels like a complete movie instead of an excuse to show off a couple of musical acts.
If you are in the right mood and enjoy cheap b-movies, the 62 minute, Rock All Night is kind of a fun time-waster.
Mainly the reason for this is the cast and character types that Corman uses. Theres not much music in this one. The Platters do a number early on, but are gone. The reason for this is because they were only available for one day and that day changed so everyone had to scramble to get their scenes done. Abby Dee performs a couple numbers (her voice is dubbed) first purposefully off-key and then on-key. The songs are mediocre and its part of the plot of the movie, not some well known singing star doing a performance.
Corman based the idea for a movie on a half hour t.v. show he saw. He bought the 25 minute tele-play and expanded it. He has called it "one of my personal favorites" and 'one of the strangest movies I ever made.'
Dick Miller plays a lead role for a change and hes always entertaining to watch in Corman movies.
Shorty (Dick Miller) gets kicked out of a fancy bar (Jack De Witt does a bit as Philippe the French maitred) and walks into the dumpy Cloud Nine Bar. He is still bothering people but Al (Robin Morse) is too busy trying to get a reporter to write about his bar. Sir Bop (Mel Welles) an agent talks Al in auditioning a singer named Julie (Abby Dalton whose singing voice is done by Nora Hayes). She does a terrible job singing off-key.
Then a man rushes into the bar saying that a man was killed outside by two men now in the bar, Jigger and Joey.
Jigger (Russell --the Professor from Gilligans Island-- Johnson) and Joey (Corman regular Jonathan Haze) shoot the tattle-tale and hold everyone there hostage. Yep it's yet another variation on Desperate Hours/Petrified Forest (or I suppose if you don't know those references DOG DAY AFTERNOON). Jigger and Joey insist that Julie sing another number and everyone act like its just another night at the bar-- OR ELSE. Julie ACTUALLY delivers a pretty good performance singing. The police move in but things are tense. The boxer and another big guy in the bar don't offer much help. Maybe, somehow loud mouth, braggart Shorty will wind up being the hero, you think?
Hey its 62 minutes, cheap and pretty entertaining.
2 1/2 stars for Dick Miller/Corman fans, but there's no way I can round it up to 3. Plus that is one deceptive title.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
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