Calypso Heat Wave
|Calypso Heat Wave|
Original Calypso Heat Wave Poster
|Directed by||Fred F. Sears|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||David Chandler|
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline|
|Edited by||Edwin H. Bryant|
Everything's going well at Disco Records, where singer Johnny Conroy is popular and publicity chief Marty Collins is good at her job, as well as in love with company boss Mack Adams.
Everything changes when Barney Pearl shows up. Pearl is a crude businessman who supplies records to jukeboxes coast-to-coast. He demands to be made a full partner in Disco Records or he will yank their discs out of jukes everywhere. Furthermore, he insists that singer girlfriend Mona De Luce gets to make a record of her own.
Implored not to agree, Mack goes along. Pearl keeps the pressure on, renaming the company after himself. Johnny quits and leaves on his sailboat for points unknown. Mona, meanwhile, is a much better singer than expected. Her record is a smash hit, annoying Barney, who wants her wholly dependent on him. Barney demands her career come to an end.
Marty, Mack and Mona all travel to the West Indies, where Johnny is now enjoying the sun, fun and music. Johnny suggests they begin recording calypso songs. It all works out perfectly, and when Pearl tries to cut himself in, they find a way to keep him out.
- Merry Anders as Marty Collins
- Johnny Desmond as Johnny Conroy
- Meg Myles as Mona De Luce
- Michael Granger as Barney Pearl
- Joel Grey as Alex Nash
- Paul Langton as Mack Adams
- Maya Angelou as Herself
- Dick Whittinghill as Himself
- Stanfield, Peter (2010) Crossover: Sam Katzman’s Switchblade Calypso Bop Reefer Madness Swamp Girl or ‘Bad Jazz,’ Calypso, Beatniks, Hot Rods, and Rock ’n’ Roll in 1950s Teenpix’. Popular Music, 29 (3). pp. 437-456. ISSN 0261-1430
- Johnny Desmond Aids 'Rock' Trend; Huston Project Lures Johnson Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Mar 1957: A9.
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