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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:

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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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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.
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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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Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
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Another Pious Establishment Attempt At Condemning Rock n' Roll
3 January 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Typical of its Type, this is another Teen Phenom Film that doesn't have a clue. First, more than once the Script puts down Rock n Roll as a thing of the Past and berates it and says there is no need for that Flash in the Pan, forget it, because now there is "The Twist".

Well, The Twist is RnR albeit a safe variation thereof that got accepted by Middle Agers before the Kids could say "get your own groove Daddy-O". This Movie was just another example of Dumbed Down, Cash Raking, Corporate Sanitizing and Filtration, by way of The Twist Craze, of the Raw and Raunchy Music that was the first wave of Rock n' Roll and deemed a Blight on America's Youth.

Most of these Movies have at the Lead some White Bread Spasmodic embarrassingly mimicking His betters. A Clean-Cut Crooner with all the right "Attributes" except Talent. Here there is some Dolt named Clay Cole making an Ass out of Himself through most of the Film while a couple of real Stars are given time to Perform a few Real Hits.

Chubby Checker, who stole Hank Ballard's Song and Singing Style and Re-Released Hank's "The Twist" Record without a mention or a nod, does do one Legitimate Song, Twistin USA. Dion does His two Biggest Hits, The Wanderer and Runaround Sue, both Great Pop Teen Anthems. There is also an appearance by The Marcels that had a huge Hit or two, but here deliver only a Novelty called Merry Twistmas.

There is more in this Movie to Hate than to Love and overall it is worth a View for a Few Minutes of Time-Capsule Song Performances by Chubby Checker and Dion but that's it.

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