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Go, Johnny, Go

Released 1959
Distributor Valiant Films

A rock n’ roll time capsule and quintessential teenagers-in-love movie circa 1959. Two jukebox icons, guitar genius Chuck Berry and top dog DJ Alan Freed introduce the story of “Johnny Melody”, a former choir boy (!) who finds the road to rock and roll stardom fraught with peril. Along with the typical teen angst the movie is bolstered by performances from the era’s great rockers including Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran and of course Berry himself.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.