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Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 21 March 1956 (USA)
A frustrated big-band promoter runs in to rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Bill Haley and his Comets
The Platters ...
The Platters
Ernie Freeman Combo ...
Ernie Freeman Combo
Tony Martinez and His Band ...
Tony Martinez and his Band
Alan Freed ...
Alan Freed
Steve Hollis
Alix Talton ...
Corinne Talbot
Lisa Gaye ...
Lisa Johns
Mike Dodd
Henry Slate ...
Corny LaSalle
Earl Barton ...
Jimmy Johns


A frustrated big-band promoter runs in to rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring the new sound to the entire country. But will a conniving booking agent, with a personal ax to grind with the manager, conspire to keep the band from making the big time? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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The screen's first great rock 'n' roll feature! See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al compás del reloj  »

Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Comets' drummer, Ralph Jones took lots of home movies during the band's visit to Hollywood. This footage - which has been used by documentary filmmakers - includes the only known color footage from the set of this film. See more »


The TV cameras at the Jamboree have a "W" call-sign on them. Since they are supposed to be in Los Angeles, it would be expected that they had a "K" call-sign. See more »

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Instead of "The End," the movie concludes with THE LIVING END See more »


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Mambo Capri
Written by Tony Martinez (uncredited)
Performed by Tony Martinez and His Band (uncredited)
Recording through the courtesy of Mercury Record Corporation:
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musically-historical fun
29 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It ain't great cinema, folks, but it IS fun. It's also a great reminder of the roots of rock- and-roll (old-fashioned hyphenated spelling intentional), and how far that musical genre has developed in the last (choke) 50 years.

I was only 9 when this film was released, and had never seen it until today (thanks, Turner Classics). Bill Hailey was certainly no Eric Clapton on the guitar, but was definitely a showman...in what would now be considered a cornball sort of way. The whole film is a good display of the fact that choreographing singers' movements didn't start with Madonnna. It also shows modern viewers that the Platters could REALLY sing!

Another thing I really enjoyed was the dancing in this movie. Lisa Gaye and Earl Barton could move! About an hour and 15 minutes into the film (which is only about 1:20 long) there's a number which shows them off well, during which they're joined by a couple of dozen other excellent dancers. It's a fun way to end the film.

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