Don't Knock the Rock. 1956. USA. Directed by Fred F. Sears. With Alan Dale, Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, The Treniers. 16mm. 84 min.
Rock films were popular fare on the downtown club scene, and the first genre screened in the church's basement club. The notion that rock music fueled dangerous socializing still had enough credibility on the post-punk scene to make the film’s premise amusing to Club 57 audiences; Don't Knock the Rock screened at the club as part of an occasional Rock ’n’ Roll Memorial series. Set in a town that bans rock ’n‘ roll to protect its horny teenaged population, this film—much like Rock Around the Clock, released earlier the same year—is at its best as an interracial musical revue. Proving the appeal of this hokey plot to mainstream audiences at the time, it was adapted for the hit Footloose in 1984.