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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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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 ... 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 Music.The Dancing. Rock'n'Roll at its Beginning. 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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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

September 1956 news items noted that in London, teenage audiences became so agitated that the theater manager had to stop the film and appeal to them to take their seats. Due to the furor the film caused in London, the Rank organization decided to restrict screenings to six days a week. Another September 1956 news item noted that the picture was banned in small English towns because of its raucous reception in London. See more »

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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 »

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Alan Freed: You don't have to sell me on rock-n-roll.
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Rock
Written by Bill Haley, Arrett 'Rusty' Keefer and Ruth Keefer (uncredited)
Recording through the courtesy of Decca Records: Inc.
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Rock Around the Clock (1956) **1/2
30 January 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Though it wasn't the first film to mention "rock and roll," this is known as the "first real rock film" and it's a mixed bag. Basically it's a vehicle for rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley and his band, The Comets. In the very thin story, two square music managers realize that their old type of traditional dance music is dying out in favor of the latest "rock 'n' roll" fad. When they see Haley and the Comets perform their classic "See You Later Alligator" at a small town dance and witness all the kids dancing up a storm, they decide to try and get this group to play full-time and make it big. The film's not very interesting when it veers away from the music, but along the way we get several more Bill Haley songs (the famous title hit itself, plus "Razzle Dazzle," "Rock Rock Rock" and others), and we're also treated to The Bellboys. But the main attraction is easily The Platters, who expertly perform two of their big hits - "Only You" and "The Great Pretender". The latter is so fabulous it sends chills up the spine. **1/2 out of ****


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