“Which would you rather be — ignorant or bankrupt?”
When Dori (Tuesday Weld) needs money to buy a dress for the prom, she decides to start her own business — but jealous Gloria (Jacqueline Kerr) covets Dori’s boyfriend Tommy (Teddy Randazzo), and does everything she can to sabotage Dori’s efforts.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Love Triangle
- Rock ‘n Roll
- Tuesday Weld Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, director Will Price makes few attempts to integrate the musical acts into the storyline of this “lightweight high-school comedy-rock-n-roll showcase”, starring young Tuesday Weld in her film debut. Weld may be (as Peary notes) “cute as a button”, but her acting is stiff (she hadn’t yet found her groove).
Other lowlights include the musical sequence by “Baby”:
and the dismal acting of Jacqueline Kerr as Dori’s nemesis Gloria (according to IMDb, this is the only film to Kerr’s name, and it’s clear why).
With that said, this innocuous outing possesses a number of enjoyable (and historically important) songs, which make it worth checking out once — but certainly not must-see viewing.
- Some toe-tapping vintage rock acts
- Chuck Berry’s solo. What a way to duck walk!
- Dori’s economic analysis in the dress shop (now that’s creative accounting!)
- The awesome teen swing dancing at the prom (watch for the girl who literally kicks off her shoes)
No. While it holds some historical significance, this one is ultimately not must-see viewing.