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Rock Around the Clock (1956)

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

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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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Filmed in January 1956. 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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Happy Baby
Written by Frank Pingatore (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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Silly but a time capsule of the 1950s
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Promoter Steve Hollis (Johnny Johnston) is looking for a new act for teenage audiences. He comes upon Bill Haley and the Comets playing in a small town. They drive the teenagers wild and feature a brother/sister team (Earl Barton/Lisa Gaye) who do some incredible dancing to the music. He signs them up and immediately falls in love with Gaye (and vice versa). However the evil Miss Talbot (Alix Talton) loves Hollis herself. He spurns her so she sets out to to make sure that Haley, the Comets, Gaye and Barton can't get a job.

Really silly stuff with lousy dialogue chockful of 50s slang that just sounds ridiculous now. Everybody is so polite and nice to each other--even the "evil" schemes of Talbot are pretty mild. Also Johnston and Gaye fall in love in seconds! It's pretty creepy though--Johnston is easily old enough to be her father! None of this matters though. This shows Bill Hlaey and the Comets and the Platters performing and that alone makes this a valuable time capsule of the 1950s when rock and roll was starting to get popular. The groups ARE lip syncing to their songs (and pretty badly in the case of The Platters) but still... When the Platters sang "Only You" and "The Great pretender" this movie is just magic. The acting is pretty terrible (Bill Haley especially) but the songs are good, the movie is short and the dance routines between Barton and Gaye are really pretty impressive. Hard to believe that this was banned in some cities in the US when it first came out. In other cases some theatre owners told the projectionist to cut the sound when the music numbers came on! Check out the ending which says "The Living End"! Harmless and kind of fun. I give it a 6.


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