Universal liberally sprinkled this entry with rock ‘n’ roll tunes, offering a total of 17 musical numbers. As an added appeal for the teenage set, U cast the picture with a group of vigorous youngsters, including Sal Mineo, a semi-established teenage hero; John Saxon, an aspirant for teen laurels; and Luana Patten, an all-American type bluejeaner.
Rock, Pretty Baby must be judged for the purpose it was made – to cash in on the rock ‘n’ roll frenzy. If considered from any other standpoint, the picture is dull and embarrassing.
No juvenile delinquency is involved. The youngsters come from fairly well-to-do parents and live in nice neighborhoods.
Saxon, as an 18-year-old high-school senior, wants to follow a career in music and become a band leader. His father – a physician – can’t see it that way and wants his son to follow in his footsteps. That’s the basic conflict.
As the budding leader of a combo, Saxon and his colleagues have the opportunity to break out in song and instrumentals at the drop of a hat. Fay Wray, of King Kong fame, makes a charming and understanding mother, and Edward C. Platt is properly stern as the confused father.