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Don't Knock the Twist (1962)

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.

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...
Himself
Gene Chandler ...
Himself - The Duke of Earl
Vic Dana ...
Himself
Linda Scott ...
Herself
The Carroll Bros ...
Themselves
The Dovells ...
Themselves
Lang Jeffries ...
Ted Haver
Mari Blanchard ...
Dulcie Corbin
Georgine Darcy ...
Madge Albright
Stephen Preston ...
Billy Albright
Barbara Morrison ...
Mrs. Morrison
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Amy - the Dressmaker
James Chandler ...
Joe Albright
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Ruth Emerson
Hortense Petra ...
Mrs. Kay
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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.

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6 June 1962 (Venezuela)  »

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Let's Twist Again  »

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This movie was filmed in 1962 during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, the youngest elected president. One of his campaign pledges was "Let's get America moving again." In this movie, there are subtle references to this era, such as: "America is on the move", "Progress . . . That's what the Twist is. New ideas, new dances, new comedy, new faces. America's always moving forward" and "I realize the administration in Washington is a little young . . . " See more »

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In the "Slow Twistin'" number, Dee Dee Sharp's lip-syncing does not match the lyrics she is supposed to be singing. See more »

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Featured in Twist (1992) See more »

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Salome Twist
Written by Robert E. Kent and Fred Karger
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...but it's OK to knock the movie.
27 September 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

Hollywood just never did get it when it came to rock & roll in the early years, did they? I think I know one thing that was wrong with movies about rock in the pre-'Easy Rider' days--they were full o' SQUARES, man! This one is an effort by Columbia Pictures to capitalize on the Twist dance craze. It was produced by the noted cost-cutter Sam Katzman, the man responsible for the worst of Elvis Presley's films, and it shows. It's strictly formula: a simple, basic plot; lots of time consumed by (lip-synched) performances; and a few pretty girls wiggling around. Even so, this movie is comparatively bad for its type--and that means very bad.

The music is no saving grace here. It features Chubby Checker, who, despite his big hits, is no more than a peripheral character in rock & roll history. Vic Dana, the Dovells and Linda Scott are all but forgotten. Gene Chandler does do his big hit, "Duke of Earl," all duded up. That's not much of a highlight package. This flick is only for the fanatic who wants to see every old R&R film ever made.


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