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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.


Oscar Rudolph


Robert E. Kent (as James B. Gordon)

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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


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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Release Date:

6 June 1962 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Twist Again See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was filmed in 1962 during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, the youngest elected president. One of his campaign pledges was "Let's get America moving again." In this movie, there are subtle references to this era, such as: "America is on the move", "Progress . . . That's what the Twist is. New ideas, new dances, new comedy, new faces. America's always moving forward" and "I realize the administration in Washington is a little young . . . " See more »


The FCC does not force the cancellation of television programs. If enough people complain about a program after it has aired, it may levy fines against a broadcast outlet or take the license of a television station. See more »


Chubby Checker: This Twist stuff is a blast right now, Ted. You know that. All the good, good acts are booked!
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Twisting once again
26 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Don't Knock The Twist TV executive Lang Jeffries is told to take advantage of that latest dance craze The Twist and put together a television special featuring the latest rock and roll acts. Since Jeffries good buddy is none other than Chubby Checker he's got it made.

But girlfriend fashion designer Mari Blanchard has some ideas of her own especially after Jeffries discovers Georgina Darcy and Stephen Miller doing some wild and crazy dance routines. Her machinations almost ruin things for the twisters young and old.

All this is just an excuse to give the current rock and rollers like Linda Scott and Gene Chandler and Vic Dana a chance to show their stuff. And there's Chubby Checker doing a very good job playing Chubby Checker.

For those nostalgic for the era.

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