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Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 21 March 1956 (USA)
Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »

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Bill Haley and his Comets
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Tony Martinez and his Band
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Steve Hollis
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Corinne Talbot
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Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small place called Strawberry Springs. It's Saturday evening, and a huge number of young people are going to the Town Hall to listen to a local band called Bill Haley and His Comets, playing a new kind of music called rock'n'roll. It is accompanied by a new way of dancing, led by the siblings Lisa and Jimmy Johns. Steve immediately recognizes that this could be what all America is waiting for. He convinces the band and the dancers to let him organize their nationwide breakthrough, and goes to New York to arrange bookings with the top agent Corinne Talbot. Corinne has for a long time tried to get Steve to marry her, but in vain. She now realizes that Steve is in love with the young dancer Lisa Johns, which makes her change her strategy. Corinne tries to stop the rock'n'roll group everywhere, but despite ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 21 November 1991 (1991) 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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Fans of early rock and roll will like this one!
19 February 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ok, ok...so most of these movies were produced by guys too old and too square to dig the big beat. Stll, these films give is a good retrospective into the early days of rock and roll. Johnny Johnston give a fine performance as manager Steve Hollis, a guy looking for a new sound. He's come to the right place! Bill Haley and His Comets, performing in a small town dance hall, set him straight. The Platters, Freddie Bell and the Bellboys and Alan Freed also make appearances and Lisa Gaye is every guys idea of someone they'd like getting caught with in the back of a 53 Hudson. Only one question: how did Tony Martinez get in this picture? His latino selections are definitely out of place, but don't pass up this flick because of that. You'll enjoy Rock around the clock again and again.


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