The Young Swingers (1963)

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A group of teenagers discover that their club is scheduled for demolition to make way for a skyscraper. The niece of the clubs adversary falls in with the group determined to save the club.


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8 October 2017 | mrb1980
Slightly Better Than the Usual Maury Dexter Films
Any time you see B-minus director Maury Dexter and actor Rod Lauren in the same film, you know it's not going to win any awards. The plot is so familiar it's like a pair of old shoes: grouchy, music-hating, and money-hungry adults want to kick music-loving kids out of their struggling club in order to tear the building down. Lauren plays Mel Hudson, who runs "The Vanguard", music club with a variety of live acts. He battles evil building owner Mrs. Crawford (Jo Helton) while falling in love with her niece Vicki (Molly Bee). Of course the adults are all cheering for the kids by the film's end.

The movie stands out because of the presence of Gene McDaniels, who sings instantly forgettable songs such as "I'm Mad" instead of his hits. McDaniels actually has a few lines of dialogue as well. Because the film was released during the folk music hootenanny craze of 1963, the Sherwood Singers croon lots of folk favorites including "Greenback Dollar". Molly Bee went on to a modest musical career, and Lauren starred in the infamous "The Crawling Hand" and the western "Law of the Lawless" before disappearing from the movie scene. (He made some minor news with his 2007 suicide in California.) Because of its cast "The Young Swingers" is actually a small step up from Dexter's usual films, faint praise though that is.

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September 1963



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