The Cool Ones
Directed byGene Nelson
Written byJoyce Geller
Robert Kaufman
Produced byWilliam Conrad
StarringRoddy McDowall
Debbie Watson
Gil Peterson
Phil Harris
Robert Coote
Nita Talbot
George Furth
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byJames T. Heckert
Music byErnie Freeman
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 12, 1967 (1967-04-12)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Cool Ones (aka Cool, Baby Cool) is a 1967 film starring Roddy McDowall and directed by Gene Nelson.[1][2][3] The 1960s novelty singer known as Mrs. Miller performs in a cameo role, and the film features performances by the bands the Leaves and the Bantams as well as a brief appearance by Glen Campbell, playing a fictional singer.


A millionaire rock promoter joins a pop singer and a dancer in a romantic match as a publicity stunt for a new television series.


In an uncredited appearance: one of the dancers is Teri Garr, specifically as one of the Whiz-Bam girls.[4]


The film received mostly negative reviews and is now viewed as something of a 60's cult musical. From the blog Comet Over Hollywood:

The Cool Ones has earned a place on my list of the worst movies that I have ever seen. But then at the same time, it’s so bad you can’t look away and have to watch the whole movie.[5]

And from the New York Times:

The Cool Ones [is] a rock 'n' roll comedy, so-called, about a pop singer (Debbie Watson) who is on the rise and a big-name crooner (Gil Peterson) who is on the skids. Roddy McDowall is their manager who engineers them into a publicity romance which has—shall we say?—repercussions. I venture to guess this will disgust even the kids.[6]

See also


  1. ^ TV Guide
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ The Village Voice
  4. ^ The Cool Ones; 1967 (Dreams are What Le Cinema is For; Friday, August 24, 2012)
  5. ^ Pickens, Jessica. "Musical Monday : The Cool Ones". Comet Over Hollywood. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ Bosley Crowther (May 11, 1967). "Screen: 'The Viscount' Begins Run; European Gang Picture Heads Double Bill". The New York Times.