Monday, December 21, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Shake, Rattle & Rock}

This is a slightly belated Silver Screen Sunday but I didn't want to miss it two weeks in a row! I've had a request, which I was going to do this week, but my technical problems have thrown my schedule off course so I've fallen back on a film that I had already screen-capped. So, without further ado I bring you Shake, Rattle & Rock. Directed by Edward L. Cahn, in 1956, it may be thin on plot but a film like this is really only good to watch for the music, clothes and dancing.

A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to defend the music in a televised trial.
Synopsis from

Boasting some truly great rock 'n' roll artists, such as Fats Domino (left, with band) and Big Joe Turner (right, with band), the soundtrack showcases all that was fantastic about music of this era.

Found here on amazon.

This is a rather poor quality video but it's difficult to find anything of this film. This one shows Annita Ray singing a cute little song and some kids dancing, too.

I love 1950s teenager fashions. I think there's something very 'fun' about them (although the kids in the last shot don't look particularly peppy, do they?)

Lisa Gaye has some very cute outfits in this film. She also gives me a serious case of hair envy.

This swimsuit from reVamp vintage could definitely function as separates, too. And bottoms are just about as short as the shorts Lisa wears! If they're too short for you Tara Starlet has some very cute sailor shorts, which I've heard nothing but great things about.

Image from here.

Lisa also has this adorable suspender pencil skirt which I could not get a decent shot of. Vivien of Holloway has some extremely adorable skirts, which are very similar.

Well, cats and kittens, I hope you enjoyed this rather hastily prepared edition of Silver Screen Sunday!

Andi B. Goode


  1. I have never seen this film but it sounds fun, i love Fats Domino!

  2. That reVamp play suit is fantastic! I also love that the kids in the clip are doing Lindy Hop to rock'n'roll music, it must have been just on the cusp of switching from lindy to rock'n'roll in the early 50's.

  3. Stefanie: It is. Fats Domino is great. =]
    Enken: Isn't it just? Yeah, I thought that was cool, too.

  4. I love how teenagers dressed in the 50s! :) When I was younger, I always wanted to wear poofy vintage dresses to school dances and whatnot. I wish people still dressed like that!

  5. I just wanted to stop by and say merry Christmas - I hope you have a wonderful day!

    A xx

  6. Hi, new to your blog but just HAD to leave a comment when I saw your post on Shake Rattle & Rock...!!! I first discovered this film around 1980, I was about 14 at the time and I think it screene on tv as a late late late movie, anyhoo, as a huge r&r fan, just had to check it out!!! LOL I remember taping all the songs (onto cassette tape - no vcrs back then, yes I really am this old LOL)...and played Big Joe Turner over and over and over again for weeks after. I really think this movie captures some of the raw essence of early rock & roll...absolutely love it and so cool to see it's still being discovered and appreciated all these decades later!! Warmest wishes, Linda xx

  7. Miss Kellie - I know what you mean.
    Andrea - Thank-you! =D
    Linda - I'm SO glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the comment.


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