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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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Comedy | Music | Romance

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21 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Al compás del reloj  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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

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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 21 November 1991 (1991) See more »

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Only You
Written by Buck Ram (uncredited)
Performed by The Platters (uncredited)
Recording through the courtesy of Mercury Record Corporation:
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A Pleasant Surprise!
6 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught this on TV recently for the first time since 1956 when, as a 12 year old, I saw it at least twice that I remember. I was a huge Bill Haley fan there at the dawning of the age of Rock & Roll and thoroughly enjoyed this cheaply made little movie. When I started watching the other night, I wasn't expecting much and figured I'd just leave it on for awhile to hear some of that music. Well, I wound up watching the whole thing. Is it dated? Yep! Is it corny? Oh, you bet! Did I love it? More than ever! Bill Haley was quite believable as himself although seemingly just a bit embarrassed and the music was awesome. I had forgotten just how well the Comets could play their instruments within those three wonderful chords. I would recommend this to anyone who lived through the era. Go back and visit your roots. This movie Rocks!!


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