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Rock Around The Clock (It's The MOST!!! ... Daddy-O)
" We'll have some fun ... when the clock strikes one ... We're gonna rock ... around ... the clock tonight"

-- Synopsis: A nostalgic time capsule of the 1950s Rock and Roll scene. A frustrated big-band promoter (Johnny Johnston) runs in to a small town band with a new beat " Bill Haley and the Comets" at a small-town dance and then tries to promote this new sound to New York then the rest of the world. This film was based on the song by Bill Haley which became the major breakthrough for Rock and Roll Music.

(A Side Note: Freed was indicted on payola charges in 1960 and died of a heart attack in 1965 and Tony Martinez was Pepino Garcia from the Real McCoys TV show.)

* Some nice Jitterbug / Vintage West Coast Swing dancing throughout this early Rock and Roll film. Legendary Jitterbug / West Coast Swing Swing dancers Lennie Smith, Lou Southern, Frieda Wyckoff and John Archer are featured in this film as well as others. The vintage soundtrack is awesome as well for classic 1950's Rock Music.

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More Film Information below
1956Columbia Pictures Fred F. Sears
Runtime:Country Made:Language:Color:
77 minutes USA English Black and White
Genre:Featured Dancer Featured DanceDance Rating
Musical / Rock
Earl Barton & Lisa Gaye, Lennie Smith Jitterbug, West Coast Swing EXCELLENT
Known DancersChoreographersActors / Actresses
Earl Barton Earl Barton (Choreographer)Alan Freed (Himself)
Ed BrandtsFred Karger (Musical Director) Alix Talton (Corinne Talbot)
Frieda Angela Wyckoff Charles Sherlock (Technician)
Jeffrey Sayre Elaine DuPont
John Archer  Earl Barton (Jimmy Johns)
Johnny Duncan Ernie Maresca (Himself)
Joe Lanza Freddie Bell (Himself)
Lennie Smith Henry Slate (Corny LaSalle)
Leslie Dockery Harry Tyler (Motel operator)
Lisa Gaye Joe Palma (Waiter)
Lou Southern (was asked questions during dance) Johnny Johnston (Steve Hollis) 
Michael Peterson John Archer (Mike Dodd)
Ralph Brooks Lisa Gaye (Lisa Johns)
  Martha Wentworth (prom chaperone)
  Michael Mark (prom chaperone)

Dances performed in this film    Special Dance Interest
Jitterbug / West Coast Swing n/a n/a Jitterbug
Mambo     Mambo
Rumba     Rumba
      West Coast Swing
Some Music Titles in Film Bands / Musicians / Singers Posters / Lobby Cards
ABC Boogie Bill Haley and the Comets n/a
Bacalao Con Papa (Codfish & Potatos) Billy Gussak    
Cuero (Skins) Cliff Leeman    
Giddy Up Ding Dong Danny Cedrone    
Happy Baby Dick Boccelli    
Mambo Capri Freddy Bell and His Bellboys    
Mambo Rock Joey Ambrose    
Only You Marshall Lytle    
Razzle Dazzle 'Panama' Francis    
R-O-C-K Platters, the    
Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie Tony Martinez and his Band    
Rock Around the Clock The Comets: Al Rex, Billy Williamson, Franny Beecher, Johnny Grande, Ralph Jones, Rudy Pompilli  
Rudy's Rock  
See You Later Alligator The Platters: David Lynch, Herb Reed, Paul Robi, Tony Williams, Zola Taylor  
Solo Y Triste (Sad and Lonely)  
The Great Pretender    
We're Gonna Teach You To Rock    

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks Similar Films Sheet Music Covers
n/a $ Rock Around The Clock Carnival Rock (1957) n/a
    Don't Knock The Rock (1956)  
    Don't Knock The Twist (1961)  
    Rock and Roll Revue  
    Rock, Rock, Rock (1956)  
    Rock You Sinners (1957)  
    Shake, Rattle & Rock (1956)  
    The Big Beat (1958)  
    The Girl Can't Help It (1956)  
    Twist Around the Clock (1961)  

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October 11, 2006

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