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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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$300,000 (estimated)
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Queen Elizabeth II requested a print of this film be shown at Buckingham Palace - one of this first times this was done with a major motion picture. See more »

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When Lisa Johns is being interviewed by Corinne Talbot at a street side diner, you see the same woman in a fur coat walk by the window (twice) while the same car and transit bus (twice) go by the window after the traffic signal changes. See more »

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Rock Around The Clock
Written by Max Freedman and James E. Myers (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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A fictional story about the emergence of Rock & Roll onto the teenage U.S. musical scene.
29 December 2006 | by (Kelseyville, California, USA) – See all my reviews

What fun to come upon this 1950s gem on cable TV today! At first I thought I was seeing Debra Paget, but it turned out to be her sister, Lisa Gaye, who played a prominent role in this film and demonstrated real dancing skill. This movie is so special, not only because it showcases rock & roll's important early performers, but also its place in musical time -- right at the pop music transition from the big bands to the much smaller combos. In fact, the term "combo" was apparently not in popular use yet. In the film, these small rock & roll bands are referred to as "combinations" of musicians. And the dancing was a joy to watch! Influences from the Big Band era were still strong as couples did variations of swing and jitterbug with the brand new additions of non-touch formula steps that later led to the Twist, the Mashed Potato and all the rest, right up to the present time when almost no one knows how to dance together as a couple. This film should be required viewing for anyone following the history of post-World War II popular music and the end of the big bands.


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