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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 DiMucci ...
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 ...
Mitch Mason
Mary Mitchel ...
Tina Louden (as Mary Mitchell)
Maura McGiveney ...
Debbie Marshall
Tol Avery ...
Joe 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?


Final film of 'Snub' Pollard, silent film comedian. See more »


Featured in Twist (1992) See more »


(I'm Over) Here, There, Everywhere
Written by Teddy Vann
Sung by Clay Cole
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Dreadful, Daddy-O
8 May 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A rehash of a fairly plot-less "Rock Around The Clock" (1956), "Twist Around The Clock" functions only as a ninety-minute advertisement for the then-popular song "The Twist" and all products related to same, including the career of singer Chubby Checker.

Musical staging is cheap-looking, tacky, and lacks imagination. The dreadful dialogue lacks subtlety and subtext, and even includes the 1950s teenage word "daddy-o". Characters are all stereotyped. Acting is borderline amateurish. Sloppy direction reeks of early 1960s sitcoms. B&W photography is acceptable but conventional. The worst musical number is something called "Merry Twistmas"; get it?

Lip-synching of lyrics is obvious, and conveys the impression that singers practiced all of five minutes. The entire production comes across as opportunistic, quickly done, and phony.

The one thing I did like was Dion's legit performance midway through of his musical hit "Runaround Sue", a credible rock-n'-roll song.

My impression is that the producers simply copied the script of "Rock Around The Clock", adding "The Twist" as the main change. After all, in the intervening five years, no one would ever know this film is just a rip-off of an earlier musical advertisement. For modern viewers, "Twist Around The Clock" serves as a cultural time capsule back to the age of dinosaurs ... daddy-o.

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