LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL 1973 U.S. FILM
Complete un-cut, widescreen letterbox. Combines film and newsreel clips from the 1950s with footage from a rock & roll revival show filmed in 1973.
Absolutely terrific performances by:
Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, The Five Satins, Bill Haley and The Comets, Bo Diddley, The Coasters, Danny and The Juniors, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker. & MORE! The film ends with a rare and apparently impromptu duet between Berry and Diddley, who had recorded together before but were not often filmed on stage together. Chuck Berry trades guitar licks and cool moves with Bo Diddley on a killer version of "Johnny B. Goode." Let The Good Times Roll is one of the best concert movies ever made! Note: Let The Good Times Roll was assembled from 3 different concerts: Detroit, Ml, Las Vegas, NV and Long Island, NY.
Let the Good Times Roll (1973) documents an early-1970s revival tour of some middle-aged Rock n' Roll greats who were still strutting their stuff. Intercut with archive footage of the '50s, it's a kind of double-time capsule for 21st-century viewers.
The Original Rock & Roll Revival Concerts tour was part of a nostalgia circuit started by producer Richard Nader in 1970, versions of which are still touring. This film documents three Of those early shows: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY; Cobo Hall in Detroit, Ml; and the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Arnie Frank represented this show & helped produce the movie.
Interspersed with the concert footage is a plethora of cultural artifacts, from PTA lectures on dress codes and Nixon's "Checkers" speech to scenes from I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), Rebel Without a Cause, (1955), Blackboard Jungle (1955), The Wild One (1953) and others.
Reviews for the film with Vincent Canby Of The New York Times writing, Let the Good Times Roll is an engaging technically superior concert film. The style of the film is worlds-fair avant-garde: lots of split-screen stuff that allows us to see what the stars looked like then, alongside what they look like now.
In its noisy and frantic way, Let the Good Times Roll is most reassuring. Hair is longer if sometimes thinner. sideburns have sprouted and waistbands have gotten wider." Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times also concurred, adding, "It's fun (and their original footage of 1950s rock concerts is good contrast to the revival performances), but the movie really exists through its music, and there is no way to see it and not agree with Sha-Na-Na that, yes, rock and roll is here to stay."
DO NOT MISS SEEING THIS FILM! - DANCING IN THE AISLES IS PERMITTED!