Twist Around the Clock

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Twist Around the Clock

Musical | 83 mins | Released: 1961
Director: Oscar Rudolph
Starring: Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci
Our Rating: 5
Black & White

A struggling manager visits a hayseed town and discovers a new dance craze, the “Twist” and hopes to turn it into an overnight nationwide sensation. Chubby Checker obtains fame with new dance craze – the Twist!

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Movie Notes:

Twist Around the Clock is an American musical film released in 1961. It was a remake of Sam Katzman and Robert E. Kent’s Rock Around the Clock. Like Rock Around the Clock, which was followed by a sequel titled, Don’t Knock the Rock, this film was followed by a sequel titled, Don’t Knock the Twist.

“Twist Around the Clock only cost $250,000 to make, but in less than six months it grossed six million – so of course I’m gonna make more ‘Twist’ movies !” – Producer Sam Katzman

Other singers featured in the movie: Dion, The Marcels, Vicki Spencer, Clay Cole and The Jay Birds.

Final film appearance of ‘Snub’ Pollard, silent film comedian.

The production schedule was very short (28 days long), in order to profit on the success of Chubby Checker’s hit song, the Twist.

Although off the screen for several years, actress/dancer Shirley Mills returned to act as assistant choreographer, and to play an uncredited role in the film as a dancer.

Sound Tracks:

The Wanderer, written by Ernie Maresca (as E. Meresca), sung by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)

Runaround Sue, written by Ernie Maresca (as E. Meresca) and Dion DiMucci (as D. DiMucci), sung by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)

Twist Around the Clock, written by Buddy Kaye, Philip Springer and Clay Cole

Don’t Twist With Anyone Else but Me, written by Buddy Kaye, Philip Springer and Clay Cole

(I’m Over) Here, There, Everywhere, written by Teddy Vann, sung by Clay Cole

Twistin’ U. S. A., written by Kal Mann

Your Lips and Mine, written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell

Twist Along, written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell

The Twist Is Here to Stay, written by Clay Cole and Fred Karger

He’s So Sweet, written by Alonzo Tucker, Gwen Alias and Gordon Evans

The Majestic, written by B. L. Jones and Welton Young (as W. Young)

Merry Twist-mas, written by Mack Wolfson, Wally Hall and Charlie Singleton

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