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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 ...
Mitch Mason
Tina Louden (as Mary Mitchell)
Maura McGiveney ...
Debbie Marshall
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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The production schedule was very short (28 days), in order to cash in on the success of Chubby Checker's hit song, "The Twist". 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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Twist remake of "Rock Around The Clock"--Chubby and Dion are fine, rest of film is weak
14 March 2005 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK, the first of two TWIST films produced by Sam Katzman and featuring the great Chubby Checker, is basically a remake of the old BIll Haley vehicle ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, and like that film, the "star" here, Chubby Checker, is little more than a guest star in his own film. In the earlier film, Alan Dale is featured as the lead performer and his story is told, with Bill Haley merely being a "friend" who helps the lead character and who performs a handful of songs. Here, Clay Cole is featured, and Chubby Checker does three or four songs, has a few lines of dialogue, and performs in a group number at the film's finale. Checker is a fine performer, and he handles the dialogue well--the NEXT Twist movie he was in, DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST, was MUCH better in that Checker was given a lot more importance in the story, and had much more dialogue with star Lang Jeffries. As for TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK, it also has Dion do three songs, and the vocal group the Marcels do a nice Christmas twist song. However, the dramatic sections of the film are weak, especially so since they are a carbon copy of the same plot in the earlier Bill Haley movie. If you take the Dion and Chubby songs, and the Marcels' number, out of the film, there is really not much else worthwhile. Fans of DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST will recognize the same cheesy sets and tiny "stage" used as the TV studio in that film. Serious rock and roll fans should see this film ONCE so they can say they have seen ALL the pre-Beatles rock and roll films, but only the lip-synched Chubby Checker and Dion songs are worth keeping. This was aired a few years back on AMC, where I taped my copy and originally saw the film.

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