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Don't Knock the Twist (1962)

Approved | | Musical | 6 June 1962 (Venezuela)
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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Oscar Rudolph

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (as James B. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chubby Checker ... Chubby Checker
Gene Chandler Gene Chandler ... The Duke of Earl
Vic Dana Vic Dana ... Vic Dana
Linda Scott Linda Scott ... Linda Scott
The Carroll Bros The Carroll Bros ... The Carroll Brothers
The Dovells ... The Dovells
Lang Jeffries ... Ted Haver
Mari Blanchard ... Dulcie Corbin
Georgine Darcy Georgine Darcy ... Madge Albright
Stephen Preston ... Billy Albright
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Morrison
Nydia Westman ... Amy - the Dressmaker
James Chandler James Chandler ... Joe Albright
Elizabeth Harrower ... Ruth Emerson
Hortense Petra Hortense Petra ... Mrs. Kay
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1962 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Twist Again See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film version of the song "Slow Twistin'" has an extra verse that does not appear on the single or album. Additionally, in the 2010 edition of the film, some words have been deleted, towards the end of the song, which may indicate the presence of "suggestive" lyrics. See more »

Goofs

In this film, Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp perform their 1962 million selling duet of "Slow Twistin", When performing the song , Sharp is positioned off to Chubby's side and behind him, as is the back up band, though Chubby and Dee Dee are given equal billing on the record label, as well as on the Pop charts.. See more »

Quotes

Ted Haver: Look at that girl, go. And I bet she never had a lesson.
Ruth Emerson: Just doin' what comes natural.
Ted Haver: The way she uses her body!
Dulcie Corbin: Yes! Yes! Ted, you're right!
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Connections

Referenced in Bandstand: Episode dated 6 February 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Altar Boy
Written by Howlett Smith
Sung by Vic Dana
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...but it's OK to knock the movie.
27 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See 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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