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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 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 MrAcker 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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The newest, most frantic fad! - a jazzed-up, mixed-up musical that's got "trad", dad!

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Musical | Comedy

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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)
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Trivia

John Leyton receives a 'Special Guest Star" credit. 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 »

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Featured in Things They Said Today (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

My Maryland
(uncredited)
Written by James Ryder Randall
Arranged by Terry Lightfoot
Performed by Terry Lightfoot (as Terry Lightfoot and His New Orleans Jazz Band)
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Excellent Early Richard Lester
29 January 2007 | by dc1-1See all my reviews

Richard Lester was perfecting his craft as rock movie director guru here. He did a great job! I have a soft spot for Helen Shapiro; anyone who does will love this movie. I was surprised about the number of Dixieland jazz band groups who played in this flick. I didn't realize that it was so popular then in the UK (I was only ten when this movie was made)! It was good to see Mr. Acker Bilk and his band; he was an Atlantic recording artist in the 60's. When I'd buy an album by Cream or The Allman Bros. Band back then, the sleeve would inevitably feature albums by Acker Bilk. I knew he was a good clarinet player, but I'd never seen him "play" until I saw this movie. Of course, the plot was undeniably banal, but really, who cares? It's an historical document!


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