Once Upon A Coffee House, or Hootenanny A Go-Go (April 29, 1965)
Released on April 29, 1965: (running time 1 hour and 19 minutes) Several popular 1960's entertainers show off their talents at a coffe shop in Miami Beach.
Directed by Shepard Traube
Written by Jerry Winters and Carl Yale
The Actors: Curtis Taylor (Jonathan Peabody), Karen Thorsell (Viki Shaw), Oscar Brand (himself), The Goldebriars (themselves), The Free Wheelers (themselves), Joan Rivers (herself, as Jim, Jake and Joan), Jim Connell (himself, as Jim, Jake and Joan), Jake Holmes (himself, as Jim, Jake and Joan), Jerry Newby (coffee house manager Monford Humphrey), Pedro Roman (Pepe the cook / rock and roll singer), Vince Martin (Larry), Barbara Cole (Debbie), Deanna Lund (Corrine), Peg Rayborn (Madge Cartwright), Eve Tellegen (mother Amanda Peabody), Bill Mayer (Harry), Lillian Melek (Mama Angelina, pizza woman), Toni Simeon (woman with babies), Carl Yale (hood with sunglasses), Johnny Conrad (hood), Michael Elliott (unknown), A.W. Edison (unknown), Michelle McCain (beach singer), The New Coachmen (themselves, singers), Gloria Loring (one of Betty's friends), Curt Boettcher (himself, the Goldebriars), Sherry Lou Shepherd (unknown)
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Peace, Love, and Folk Music, During the Viet Nam War
Bob Dylan . . . The Mamas and the Papas . . . . Peter, Paul and Mary . . . the mid 1960’s were all about folk music. Before Rap, Disco, Heavy Metal, and even mainstream rock and roll, jazz and folk music ruled the day.
The Beatles had just arrived on the music scene, but the revolutionary change from jazz and folk to rock and roll hadn’t taken over yet. No, you won’t see any of the folk that I just mentioned in this picture, but you will see some of the popular musicians of the day, including The Coachmen, The Goldebriars, The Free Wheelers, and a comedienne that you might remember, . . . Joan Rivers. Here’s a bit of trivia about legendary comedienne Joan Rivers.
In 1965, when this movie was produced, Joan Rivers was 32 years old and she had her very first cosmetic surgery, . . . an eye lift. This is also the year that she made her first appearance on the late-night television show starring Johnny Carson, who would become a mentor. In 1968 she would host her own afternoon television show featuring her stand-up comedy and celebrity interviews, and of course, Johnny Carson was her first celebrity guest. Unfortunately, their friendship would end suddenly in 1986 when a competing network offered her a late night show opposite the Johnny Carson show. When she called him to tell him about the show, he hung up on her.
In this movie there is a bit of a plot about a rich fellow who flies down to a small coffee shop in Miami Beach because he is enamored with a young girl folk singer who stars at the club. There is also the mystery of the girl who posed for the nude portrait on the wall, and the funky espresso machine, but this is a classic, “Let's put on a show” movie with performers of 1965, including the talented Joan Rivers.
If you lived in those days you will absolutely enjoy the ambiance, the language, and yes, even the music. You will hear a song about Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, comedy about toothpaste and ‘the pill’, and beach music from Miami Beach. If you were not around back then, you may enjoy watching how your parents or grandparents acted when they were young. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Carl Yale and Johnny Conrad
Curtis Taylor and Karen Thorsell argue over the nude painting behind them
Curtis Taylor meets Karen Thorsell
Curtis Taylor and Pedro Roman
Curtis Taylor and Peg Rayborn
Curtis Taylor as wealthy young Jonathan Peabody
Curtis Taylor buys the coffee shop from Jerry Newby
Deanna Lund in Once Upon a Coffee House
Deanna Lund takes off her sunglasses
Eve Tellegen as mother Amanda Peabody
Jake Holmes, Jim Connell and Joan Rivers in 1965
Jake Holmes and Joan Rivers in a comedy sketch
Jerry Newby and Curtis Taylor watch the show
Jerry Newby and Eve Tellegen
Jerry Newby as coffee shop manager Munford Humphrey
Jerry Newby shows Curtis Taylor the funky espresso machine
Joan Rivers, Jim Connell and Jake Holmes
Joan Rivers doing stand up comedy in the coffee house
Joan Rivers doing a comedy sketch
Karen Thorsell as Viki Shaw in Once Upon a Coffee House
Karen Thorsell sings in the coffee house
Karen Thorsell plays acoustic guitar and sings
The wacky loco espresso machine . . . why is this thing in this movie?
Michelle McCain sings on the beach in Miami
Oscar Brand plays acoustic guitar and sings
Oscar Brand singing
Oscar Brand in Once Upon A Coffee House
Pedro Roman and Barbara Cole in Once Upon a Coffee House
Pedro Roman and Jerry Newby
Pedro Roman sings to Barbara Cole
Peg Rayborn as artist Madge Cartwright
The Free Wheelers singing in Once Upon A Coffee House
The Goldebriars with Curt Boettcher sing in the coffee house
The New Coachmen singing in the coffee house
The New Coachmen, a popular band from Nebraska
The New Coachmen
Vince Martin as Larry in Once Upon A Coffee House
Vince Martin singing