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Rock Around the Clock (1956)

 -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  21 March 1956 (USA)
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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

Cast overview:
Bill Haley and the Comets ...
Themselves (as Bill Haley and his Comets)
The Platters ...
Themselves (as The Platters)
Ernie Freeman Combo ...
Themselves (as Ernie Freeman Combo)
Tony Martinez and His Band ...
Themselves (as Tony Martinez and his Band)
Alan Freed ...
Himself
Johnny Johnston ...
Steve Hollis
Alix Talton ...
Corinne Talbot
Lisa Gaye ...
Lisa Johns
John Archer ...
Mike Dodd
Henry Slate ...
Corny LaSalle
Earl Barton ...
Jimmy Johns
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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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Taglines:

The Music.The Dancing. Rock'n'Roll at its Beginning. See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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21 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Al compás del reloj  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first full-length rock'n'roll movie. See more »

Goofs

The poster for the Rock and Roll Jamboree later in the movie lists Lisa and Jimmy James as an act. Their names should be Lisa and Jimmy Johns. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by Don't Knock the Rock (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

ABC Boogie
Written by Max Spickol and A. Russell (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets) (uncredited)
Recording through the courtesy of Decca Records: Inc.
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Rock Around the Clock (1956) **1/2
30 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Though it wasn't the first film to mention "rock and roll," this is known as the "first real rock film" and it's a mixed bag. Basically it's a vehicle for rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley and his band, The Comets. In the very thin story, two square music managers realize that their old type of traditional dance music is dying out in favor of the latest "rock 'n' roll" fad. When they see Haley and the Comets perform their classic "See You Later Alligator" at a small town dance and witness all the kids dancing up a storm, they decide to try and get this group to play full-time and make it big. The film's not very interesting when it veers away from the music, but along the way we get several more Bill Haley songs (the famous title hit itself, plus "Razzle Dazzle," "Rock Rock Rock" and others), and we're also treated to The Bellboys. But the main attraction is easily The Platters, who expertly perform two of their big hits - "Only You" and "The Great Pretender". The latter is so fabulous it sends chills up the spine. **1/2 out of ****


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