A.K.A. Doc Pomus
A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013)

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 4, 2013
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

A touching, delightful and exceptionally well-crafted new documentary, "AKA Doc Pomus" follows the life and career of Pomus, who wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas" and scores of other hits.

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Sophie Harris
Time Out New York

A moving, un-mawkish portrait of a songwriting icon.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

"A.K.A. Doc Pomus" gathers friends, collaborators, and, of course, the music to show just how big the talent and how much bigger the heart of an incredible artist.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, "AKA Doc Pomus" uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film leaves us with tons of great music and the lingering impression that Felder, aka Pomus, would have been a terrific person to hang out with.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn't get in the way of its subject's heart.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history.

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Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

A thoughtful, intimate documentary about a blues shouter, in the tradition of the great Joe Turner...

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John Ballantine
This absolutely gorgeous retrospect on perhaps one of the greatest song writers of all time. His personal struggles seem to drive the passion behind the lyrics… More