It's Trad, Dad!

It's Trad, Dad! (1962), known in the U.S. as Ring-A-Ding Rhythm, is a musical comedy featuring performances by a variety of dixieland jazz bands and rock-and-roll singers. The film was one of the first produced by Amicus Productions, a company known predominantly for horror films. It was director Richard Lester's first feature film.[3]

It's Trad, Dad!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Lester
Produced byMax Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written byMilton Subotsky
StarringHelen Shapiro
Craig Douglas
Felix Felton
Deryck Guyler
Music byKen Thorne (incidental music)
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byBill Lenny
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
30 March 1962
Running time
78 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£300,000 (UK)[2]


Craig (Craig Douglas) and Helen (Helen Shapiro, then 15 years old) are teenagers who enjoy the latest trend of traditional jazz along with their friends. The local mayor and a group of adults dislike the trend, and move to have the jukebox in the coffee shop silenced.

With the help of an omniscient narrator, Craig and Helen try to find a disc jockey and organize a show to popularize the music. Their travels take them where the music is: nightclubs, TV studios, and recording companies. They eventually get to see disc jockey Pete Murray and persuade him to attend and arrange for several jazz bands to perform. Murray recruits two other deejays, David Jacobs and Alan Freeman, to join the party. The mayor, upon hearing the news of the upcoming performance, decides to stop the performers' bus by any means necessary.

When the show is scheduled to start, Craig and Helen find that their disc jockey and musicians have not yet arrived, so they perform themselves and are well-received by the crowd. The bands' bus manages to evade a series of obstacles set up by the local police, and they arrive and put on the show for the BBC television cameras. The film ends with everyone enjoying the music, including the mayor who has been easily persuaded to take the credit for having arranged a successful show.



The film predominantly comprises musical numbers, including performances by the principal actors Helen Shapiro and Craig Douglas themselves. However, unlike traditional "musicals" the songs have little to do with the movie plot. The other performers shown in the Cast list were popular acts from both the U.K. and U.S.


  1. Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 15
  2. Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p227
  3. Gelly, Dave (2014). An Unholy Row. Equinox. p. 135.
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