MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 23,839 this week

Twist Around the Clock (1961)

TV-G  |   |  Musical  |  30 December 1961 (USA)
4.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 167 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 1 critic

Not only is this written by the same screen writer who wrote the earlier "Rock Around the Clock", it uses the same exact lines.

Director:

Writer:

(as James B. Gordon)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3467 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 7102 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 126 titles
created 11 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 2847 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
a list of 3061 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Twist Around the Clock (1961)

Twist Around the Clock (1961) on IMDb 4.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Twist Around the Clock.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Trip II (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray
Billy Budd (1962)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

Director: Peter Ustinov
Stars: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Many twist dancers' meet in preparation for the TV variety show called "The Twist." While the special is still in the production stages, jealousies lead to problems - and a whole lot of dancing.

Director: Oscar Rudolph
Stars: Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Vic Dana
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Bill Haley and the Comets, Alan Dale, Alan Freed
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit. Then he falls in love with a girl who ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Doheny
Stars: Jimmy Clanton, Rocky Graziano, Zasu Pitts
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Mike Connors, Lisa Gaye, Sterling Holloway
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chubby Checker ...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al compás del twist  »

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Followed by Don't Knock the Twist (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wanderer
Written by Ernie Maresca (as E. Meresca)
Sung by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
twist-delicious!
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.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Mitch Mason character neilpmckenna
Dialogue rhaynescep
The 1st reel was phoney stereo on TV; how's the DVD? Stuart Gardner
Discuss Twist Around the Clock (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?