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Twist Around the Clock (1961)

TV-G | | Musical | 30 December 1961 (USA)
Not only is this written by the same screen writer who wrote the earlier "Rock Around the Clock", it uses the same exact lines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chubby Checker
Dion (as Dion)
Vicki Spencer ...
Vicki Spencer
The Marcels ...
The Marcels
Cornelius Harp ...
The Marcels Lead Singer (as The Marcels)
Fred Johnson ...
The Marcels Bass Singer (as The Marcels)
Gene Bricker ...
The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Ronald Mundy ...
The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Richard Knauss ...
The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Allen Johnson ...
The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Clay Cole ...
Clay Cole
John Cronin ...
Tina Louden (as Mary Mitchell)
Maura McGiveney ...
Debbie Marshall


The plot is virtually identical to the plot of the earlier film "Rock Around the Clock." A struggling manager visits a hayseed town and discovers a new dance craze, and hopes to turn it into a overnight nationwide sensation. Features performances by Chubby Checker and Dion. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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It's twist-errific! - the first full-length movie about the twist!




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Release Date:

30 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al compás del twist  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although she had been off the screen for several years, actress/dancer Shirley Mills worked on this film as assistant choreographer, and played an uncredited role as a dancer. See more »


Mitch Mason: Good morning, gentlemen
Harry Davis: Good morning
Joe Marshall: It must be something important, you wanted a meeting so early.
Mitch Mason: At least it didn't keep you awake all last night. Once the gimmick came to me, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's a promotion stunt. One that could rack up the biggest coast-to-coast dance audience in the history of show business.
Joe Marshall: Look it's early in the morning. Outside of coffee, nothing's going to keep me from yawning except money. You haven't mentioned that yet.
Mitch Mason: We gain, the record ...
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(I'm Over) Here, There, Everywhere
Written by Teddy Vann
Sung by Clay Cole
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29 June 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK as a genuinely snazzy low budget 1961 dance pic with a roster of (still) very well known songs. Other comments will tell you how identical it is to ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (it certainly is) but for me that did not diminish any of the delight. I am quite fascinated by Vicki Spencer who I see only made one other film TEENAGE MILLIONAIRE. What happened to her? In TWIST she is almost everything Ann-Margret is a year later in BYE BYE BIRDIE... even in her gorgeous looks. Dion I had never seen but knew the songs well (The Wanderer, Runaround Sue) ... he is certainly the iconic 60s nightclub star in the Bobby Darin style. I found the script hilarious. It is actually funny with some great sly comments... especially between the father and daughter nemeses... Chubby Checker is his dynamite fun self... I also thought he was very handsome in this film, given I guess he was in his mid 20s, something I had never observed... perhaps that is because I am used to seeing later years material when he looks good, but here, younger he is certainly compelling. TWIST is enormous musical fun and for kids to enjoy because they could actually dance along with it. My DVD is a Canadian reprint with new titles over the original Katzman/Columbia 35mm release... the body of the film is the same as the original film. I had such a good time watching this film... I really laughed with it and thought the songs terrific... and then there is the dance team fun.... and The incredible Marcels to top it off.

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