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Ring-A-Ding Rhythm! (1962)

It's Trad, Dad! (original title)
Approved | | Musical, Comedy | September 1962 (USA)
In the new town of Bad Trad, England, a battle is ensuing between the generations regarding the older generation's view of the disruptive nature of what teenagers are listening to, what is ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Lester (as Dick Lester)

Writer:

Milton Subotsky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Shapiro ... Helen
Craig Douglas Craig Douglas ... Craig
John Leyton ... Himself
The Brook Brothers The Brook Brothers ... Themselves
Chubby Checker ... Himself
Del Shannon ... Himself
Gary U.S. Bonds ... Himself (as Gary {U.S} Bonds/Gary {U.S.} Bonds)
Gene Vincent Gene Vincent ... Himself
Gene McDaniels ... Himself
The Paris Sisters The Paris Sisters ... Themselves (as Paris Sisters)
The Dukes of Dixieland The Dukes of Dixieland ... Themselves (as Dukes Of Dixieland)
Chris Barber Chris Barber ... Himself
Chris Barber's Jazz Band Chris Barber's Jazz Band ... Themselves
Ottilie Patterson Ottilie Patterson ... Herself
Acker Bilk Acker Bilk ... Himself (as Mr Acker Bilk)
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Storyline

In the new town of Bad Trad, England, a battle is ensuing between the generations regarding the older generation's view of the disruptive nature of what teenagers are listening to, what is considered popular music of the day, namely jazz. The fight for the older generation is led by the mayor of the town, who ultimately passes an ordinance requiring a license to broadcast such entertainment. The fight for the teenagers is led by Helen and Craig, who decide the best way to show that jazz is not disruptive is to hold a jazz music festival. With a little help by the off screen narrator, Helen and Craig travel to the big city and hit the music studios and live music venues in search of a disc jockey who will help arrange for the acts to appear at the festival. This task is not as easy as they initially believe it will be. When the mayor finds out what the teenagers are up to, he does whatever he can to stop them. Helen and Craig may find that political expediency may be their best weapon. Written by Huggo

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It's Got That Mad JAZZ Beat!! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring-A-Ding Rhythm! See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first feature film directed by Richard Lester. See more »

Goofs

When Acker Bilk's band is playing "In a Persian Market", the drummer twice hits the cymbals, yet we never hear it. See more »


Soundtracks

Rainbows
(uncredited)
Written by Norrie Paramor and Bunny Lewis
Performed by Craig Douglas
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The Quiet Before The Storm.
12 September 2008 | by kidjus999See all my reviews

If anyone is curious to look at 1961/62 U.K. just before The Beatles would make their way to American shores, then this is an excellent look at that moment of the British musical landscape. More then anything this film is about Art Direction. This is the kind of film that would show off Lester's amazing visual sense & get him hired to direct one of the great musicals of the 60's, "A Hard Days Night". The other quality I love about this film is the strange mixture of Folk, Dixie Jazz, R&B & Rock & Roll. I love how just 2 years before the Rock & Roll revolution would take hold that there seems to be such a wild mix of styles all floating around & waiting to take shape. Please see this film simply to get a peek at Lester's wonderful sense of visual delights. It very much has the feel of a magazine article come to life. Bravo!


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