Go, Johnny Go!

Go, Johnny Go!

The Cadillacs
Director: Paul Landres Cast: The Cadillacs
The Cadillacs
, Milton Frome
Milton Frome
, Herb Vigran
Herb Vigran
Paul Landres


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Go, Johnny, Go! was second and last of a proposed trio of jukebox movies built around and co-produced by DJ Alan Freed. He plays himself in this rags-to-riches tale, told in flashback, of a young rock & roll singer named Johnny Melody (Jimmy Clanton), whose rise from life in an orphanage where no one wanted him to his "discovery" by Freed through an unsolicited demo recording sent to the disc jockey's office is told in 75 minutes, in a dramatic time frame that's impossible to determine. Along the way, Johnny meets a girl (Sandy Stewart) with whom he falls in love, and nearly gets himself arrested when it looks as though everything has turned against him. The plot is a threadbare reprise of the kind of juvenile delinquency-with-music stories that Elvis Presley had been doing, but it offers glimpses of several very worthwhile (and a couple of legendary) music acts of the era who were otherwise undocumented on film: Jimmy Clanton himself, who was one of the best white singers to come out of that New Orleans R&B
ock & roll sound; Sandy Stewart, who was (and is still, 40-plus years later) a serious vocal talent; Chuck Berry, in a pair of performing clips that are brilliant; Ritchie Valens, in his only film appearance, doing a hot rocking number called "Oh, My Head"; Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows; the Cadillacs, in a pair of killer comic-relief numbers; Jo-Ann Campbell; and Jackie Wilson, showing how little Michael Jackson actually brought to performing that was new more than 20 years later. No, Go, Johnny, Go! isn't A Hard Day's Night, but it is a lot of fun to watch, and is easily the best of Freed's handful of feature films, before his downfall in the payola scandal.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0688474350526
Original Release: 1959
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 4,688

Special Features

Commentary by Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, and Brent Walker; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cadillacs Actor
Milton Frome Mr. Martin
Herb Vigran Bill Barnett
Frank Wilcox Mr. Arnold
Margo Woode Mrs. Arnold
Alan Freed Himself
Ritchie Valens Himself
Harvey Fuqua Actor
Jackie Wilson Actor
Flamingos Actor
Jimmy Clanton Johnny
Sandy Stewart Julie Arnold
Chuck Berry Himself
Jo-Ann Campbell Herself
Eddie Cochran Himself
Martha Wentworth Actor
Robert Foulk Actor
Phil Arnold Actor
William Fawcett Actor
Joe Flynn Head Usher
Barbara Woodell Actor

Technical Credits
Paul Landres Director
Gary Alexander Screenwriter
Rudy Butler Set Decoration/Design
McClure Capps Art Director
Jack Etra Cinematographer
Edward Fitzgerald Cinematographer
Alan Freed Producer
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
Leon Klatzkin Score Composer
Joel Moss Sound/Sound Designer
Hal Roach Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Go, Johnny Go!
1. Chapter 1 [2:07]
2. Chapter 2 [6:04]
3. Chapter 3 [4:23]
4. Chapter 4 [3:21]
5. Chapter 5 [8:53]
6. Chapter 6 [7:58]
7. Chapter 7 [10:26]
8. Chapter 8 [8:19]
9. Chapter 9 [9:12]
10. Chapter 10 [6:08]
11. Chapter 11 [3:32]
12. Chapter 12 [3:39]

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