An occasional series on missing films. They are rarely, if ever, shown on TV and have never been released on video in any form. If anyone has any knowledge where these films have been shown, TV, a film festival or in a basement in your house please let me know.
Released in 1978 “American Hot Wax” has never seen the light of day on home video in any format. Based on the life of Alan Freed who started as a DJ in Cleveland and eventually moved to New York.
Tim McIntire’s portrayal of Freed is arguably the best performance of his career. McIntire would ironically die at almost the same age as Freed in 1986.
Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins perform and portray themselves.
The film also stars Lorraine Newman, Fran Drescher and Jay Leno.
Kenny Vance, original member of Jay and the Americans also appears with The Brooklyn Dreams as The Planotones, a fictional group. Later on Kenny Vance would use The Plantones name to perform and is still doing live shows as Kenny Vance and The Planotones.
Freed did appear in some early rock and roll films as himself.
Rock Around the Clock
Go, Johnny, Go
Mister Rock and Roll
Don’t Knock the Rock