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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

G | | Musical | June 1959 (USA)
Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.


Paul Landres


Gary Alexander


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Freed Alan Freed ... Himself
Jimmy Clanton ... Johnny Melody
Sandy Stewart ... Julie Arnold
Chuck Berry ... Himself
Jackie Wilson Jackie Wilson ... Himself
Ritchie Valens ... Himself
The Cadillacs The Cadillacs ... Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell Jo Ann Campbell ... Herself (as Jo-Ann Campbell)
The Flamingos The Flamingos ... Themselves
Harvey Fuqua Harvey Fuqua ... Himself (as Harvey)
Eddie Cochran ... Himself
Jimmy Cavallo Jimmy Cavallo ... Himself (as Jimmy Cavalio and the House Rockers)
Herb Vigran ... Bill Barnett
Frank Wilcox ... Harold Arnold
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Mrs. Harold Arnold (as Barbara Woodell)


Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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Release Date:

June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dai Johnny dai! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ritchie Valens credited Little Richard as an influence, as seen here in his performance of "Ooh My Head", later recreated by Lou Diamond Phillips in La Bamba (1987). He had developed his own "sound" just a short time later. See more »


Featured in Twist (1992) See more »


Written by Edna McGriff (uncredited)
Performed by Sandy Stewart
Courtesy of East-West Records
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This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie...
5 January 2005 | by pmh861See all my reviews

This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie. With about 20 songs from performers such as Jimmy Clanton (the lead), Chuck Berry, Eddy Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens and The Cadillacs and more, if you like 50's rock, then you will like the music in this one. This is definitely not a movie for plot or acting, but instead just plain musical fun.

Some of the best performances are Jump Children by the Flamingos and Please Mr. Johnson by the Cadillacs. Also, the rare clip of the legendary Ritchie Valens makes this movie well worthwhile. It's too bad he didn't perform one of his hits like Donna, La Bamba or Come On Let's Go, but instead wailed with Ooh, My Head! A lot of this movie is very campy and adds to its charm. Because of this and especially because of the music I'd rate this a 7+ on a scale of 10. Jimmy Clanton was a good choice for the lead. His voice and mannerisms bring back memories of a much more innocent era.

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