Although it has been a few weeks since Dick Clark passed away, his legacy to the entertainment industry continues. It is easy to see the impact he had on music and dance. Many people do not realize he also produced many films such as; Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Elvis, and Birth of the Beatles. However, he is most connected to being the host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve. Although he had many popular guests on American Bandstand, the one group he regrets not having is The Beatles. In an interview he said ‘I thought they were just another garage band.’ Ironically, in the film Can’t Buy Me Love (named after The Beatles song of the same title) there is a scene where Dick Clark’s influence plays a pivotal role.
In the film, Ronald (Patrick Dempsey) plays a geek who wants to date the head cheerleader, Cindy (Amanda Peterson) and become popular. An opportunity presents itself where he is able to bail Cindy out of a dilemma in exchange for her pretending to be his girlfriend. Once he is in the cool clique they break up and her friend asks him to the school dance. He boasts that he has great moves on the dance floor, but he really does not. In a desperate attempt to learn to dance he wants to watch American Bandstand, like many people, Dick Clark’s show taught them popular dances. However, his wormy little brother is in control of the remote. After Ronald threatens his brother’s life, he puts on the spotlight dance on bandstand. Unfortunately for Ronald, he copies the dance from PBS’ African Cultural Hour, not American Bandstand. So, without Dick Clark’s help, he ends up dancing the African Anteater Ritual. After Ronald leaves the room, his brother walks in, looks at the television and says ‘now, that ain’t Dick Clark.’ (Check out the clip)
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