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Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 21 March 1956 (USA)
Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay), James B. Gordon (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Haley and the Comets ... Bill Haley and his Comets
The Platters ... The Platters
Ernie Freeman Combo Ernie Freeman Combo ... Ernie Freeman Combo
Tony Martinez and His Band Tony Martinez and His Band ... Tony Martinez and his Band
Freddie Bell and the Bellboys Freddie Bell and the Bellboys ... Freddie Bell and the Bellboys (as Freddie Bell and His Bellboys)
Alan Freed Alan Freed ... Alan Freed
Johnny Johnston ... Steve Hollis
Alix Talton ... Corinne Talbot
Lisa Gaye ... Lisa Johns
John Archer ... Mike Dodd
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Corny LaSalle
Earl Barton Earl Barton ... Jimmy Johns
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Christopherson George Christopherson ... Dancer
Lenny Smith Lenny Smith ... Dancer
Freda Angela Wyckoff Freda Angela Wyckoff ... Dancer
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Storyline

Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small place called Strawberry Springs. It's Saturday evening, and a huge number of young people are going to the Town Hall to listen to a local band called Bill Haley and His Comets, playing a new kind of music called rock'n'roll. It is accompanied by a new way of dancing, led by the siblings Lisa and Jimmy Johns. Steve immediately recognizes that this could be what all America is waiting for. He convinces the band and the dancers to let him organize their nationwide breakthrough, and goes to New York to arrange bookings with the top agent Corinne Talbot. Corinne has for a long time tried to get Steve to marry her, but in vain. She now realizes that Steve is in love with the young dancer Lisa Johns, which makes her change her strategy. Corinne tries to stop the rock'n'roll group everywhere, but despite ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Taglines:

The screen's first great rock 'n' roll feature! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al compás del reloj See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an October 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, after the film's first showings in Norway, teenagers stormed through the streets of Oslo, shouting "more rock!" See more »

Goofs

The poster for the Rock and Roll Jamboree later in the movie lists Lisa and Jimmy James as an act. Their names should be Lisa and Jimmy Johns. See more »

Quotes

Mike Dodd: More telegrams! Boss, you can't go on ignoring this rock-n-roll stuff anymore. Every hotel and club in the country is wiring for information.
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Instead of "The End," the movie concludes with THE LIVING END See more »

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Referenced in Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

ABC Boogie
Written by Max Spickol and A. Russell (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets) (uncredited)
Recording through the courtesy of Decca Records: Inc.
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The emergence of rock 'n' roll.
3 July 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A lively, but not a factual description of the birth of rock 'n' roll. A couple of small time promoters break away from the big band way of life and stumble across a hot combo that packs a small dance hall.

Johnny Johnston, John Archer, Lisa Gaye and Alan Freed star. On screen musical performances by Bill Haley and his Comets, Freddie Bell and the Bellboys and the Platters make this one of the first feature films that concerns the beginnings of rock 'n' roll.

Enjoyable and fun to revisit. This has earned a cult following status in Europe.


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