Running time: 96 minutes
Release date: 10/21/57
"Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," "Young and Beautiful," "I Wanna Be Free," "Don't Leave Me Now," "Baby, I Don't Care."
Produced by Pandro S. Berman.
Directed by Richard Thorpe.
Screenplay by Guy Trosper.
Based on a Story by Ned Young.
Photographed by Robert Bronner, A.S.C.
Edited by Ralph E. Winters.
Assistant Producer: Kathryn Hereford.
Music Supervised by Jeff Alexander.
Art Direction by William A. Horning and Randell Duell.
Makeup by William Tuttle.
Special Effects by A. Arnold Gillespie.
Assistant Director: Robert E. Relyen.
Technical Advisor: Colonel Tom Parker.
Photographed in CinemaScope.
Sound by Perspecta Sound.
|Peggy Van Alden
Vince Everett is sent to the state prison after he accidentally kills a man in a barroom fight. His cellmate, Hunk Houghton, a former folk singer, is impressed by Vince's singing talent on a television show from the prison and signs him to a contract as partners for a double act to follow their release.
Released ahead of Hunk, Vince's first effort at singing in a small bar meets with failure, but he arouses the interest of Peggy, an exploitation girl for Geneva Records. Peggy arranges for Vince to tape-record a song, and a new singing style is born. After initial rebuffs and discouragement, they form their own record company. Eddy Talbot, a disc jockey, gives their first record a "break" on his show and Vince soon finds himself a teenage idol.
Success blinds Vince to Peggy's love for him and their relationship settles on a business partnership basis. As Vince is about to star on a big television show, Hunk arrives and demands to take his place as partner on the show, but Hunk proves a flop. Throwing out their old contract, Vince keeps Hunk on as a flunky.
Hollywood soon beckons and the breach between Peggy widens when Vince falls for his leading lady and decides to sell the record company. An argument with Hunk results, in which the latter strikes Vince in the throat, resulting in the loss of his voice. Supported by Peggy's love and Hunk's contrition, Vince recovers and is ready to sing again, a wiser and better man.