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Calypso Heat Wave (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | June 1957 (USA)
Everything's going well at Disco Records, where singer Johnny Conroy is popular and publicity chief Marty Collins is good at her job, as well as in love with company boss Mack Adams. Everything changes when Barney Pearl shows up.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

David Chandler (screenplay), Orville H. Hampton (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Desmond ... Johnny Conroy
Merry Anders ... Marti Collins
Meg Myles ... Mona DeLuce
Paul Langton ... Mack Adams
Joel Grey ... Alex Nash
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Barney Pearl
George E. Stone ... Books
The Treniers The Treniers ... The Treniers
The Tarriers The Tarriers ... The Tarriers
The Hi-Los The Hi-Los ... The Hi-Los
Maya Angelou ... Maya Angelou
Dick Whittinghill ... Dick Whittinghill
Darla Hood ... Johnny's Duet Partner
Pierce Lyden ... Hi-Fi
Gil Perkins ... First Thug
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Everything's going well at Disco Records, where singer Johnny Conroy is popular and publicity chief Marty Collins is good at her job, as well as in love with company boss Mack Adams. Everything changes when Barney Pearl shows up.

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What a carnival of Calypso talent!

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Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juke Box Jamboree See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Alan Arkin. See more »

Goofs

The scenes in the Disco Records studio showing records being made depict the recordings being done direct to acetate or lacquer master discs. By 1957 all records were being made with tape recorders; the tapes were later mastered to discs in labs set up for that purpose. See more »

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Where "THE END" would normally appear, we are treated to "DAT'S ALL, MON!" See more »


Soundtracks

Calypso Heat Wave
Written by Stanley Styne and Fred Karger
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Do Re Mi
14 March 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Another Sam Katzman Special which somehow manages to work. A mobbed-up jukebox operator goes into the song production business and turns out to have a knack for finding talent.

A large part of the movie's success is due to the effective and subtle camera work of Benjamin Kline, a man who worked as cinematographer for fifty years, for talents as diverse as Tom Mix and the Three Stooges. In this one he gives you a lot of long, leisurely takes with a slowly moving camera during the story scenes and then switches tempo effectively for the musical numbers.

A kind word should also be reserved for director Fred Sears, who averaged five movies a year and had a busy acting career going -- and died in his mid-forties the year he made this. The decent performances he gets out of poor actors indicates, as few others of his cheapjack movies do, that had he lived longer, he might have turned into a very good director.

There's also a chance to play 'spot the talent'. Try to find Joel Grey a decade before his Broadway breakout in CABARET and even Maya Angelou. It's amazing the talent that Katzman could pick up on the cheap -- even when he couldn't think of what to do with it.


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