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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.


Oscar Rudolph


Robert E. Kent (as James B. Gordon)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chubby Checker ... Chubby Checker
Dion DiMucci ... Dion (as Dion)
Vicki Spencer Vicki Spencer ... Vicki Spencer
The Marcels The Marcels ... The Marcels
Cornelius Harp Cornelius Harp ... The Marcels Lead Singer (as The Marcels)
Fred Johnson Fred Johnson ... The Marcels Bass Singer (as The Marcels)
Gene Bricker Gene Bricker ... The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Ronald Mundy Ronald Mundy ... The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Richard Knauss Richard Knauss ... The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Allen Johnson Allen Johnson ... The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
Clay Cole Clay Cole ... Clay Cole
John Cronin John Cronin ... Mitch Mason
Mary Mitchel ... Tina Louden (as Mary Mitchell)
Maura McGiveney Maura McGiveney ... Debbie Marshall
Tol Avery ... 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Al compás del twist See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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"Just remember what Christopher Columbus always said...'The world's no square'!"
13 August 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Concert promoter and his partner believe the rock scene is kaput--but while driving through the mountain town of Alpine Peaks, they happen upon a crowded hall where all the dancers (young and old) are sandpapering the bottoms of their shoes...turns out it's in preparation for a local dance called the Twist. Once the promoter gets a load of those gyrating hips and slippery feet, he sees dollar signs; the next step is to head for New York City to spread the word on this craze, but unleashing a new dance on an unsuspecting public is met with some skepticism. Cheap, stilted attempt at tracing the Twist's origins, with corny dialogue and amateurish performances. Producer Sam Katzman lifted the plot (and much of the dialogue) from his 1956 hit "Rock Around the Clock", which was followed in 1957 by "Don't Knock the Rock"; this movie had a sequel of its own, "Don't Knock the Twist" in 1962. Why Katzman felt rock and roll was fading out and needed this boost is unclear, unless it was just a pretext for getting the plot in motion. Either way, it's a pretty lousy affair, even with performances by Chubby Checker and Dion. *1/2 from ****

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