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|Don't Knock the Twist / Twist Around the Clock|
Actors: Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci, Vicki Spencer, Allen Johnson, Clay Cole
Director: Oscar Rudolph
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
Twist Around The Clock and Don?t Knock The Twist, both starring Chubby Checker and filmed in the early 1960s, when the Twist was the world?s biggest dance craze, causing whole clubs to be built to accommodate the dance and... more »
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Add one star if you haven't seen "ROCK Around the Clock"
Scott MacGillivray | Massachusetts, USA | 01/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Twist Around the Clock" (1961) was hurriedly made to capitalize on the new dance craze, the Twist. Columbia was in such a hurry to cash in that producer Sam Katzman simply took the script of the 1956 smash hit "Rock Around the Clock" and refilmed it almost verbatim. Most of the storyline and many entire dialogue sequences are lifted bodily from the older film. If you know "Rock Around the Clock," you'll find yourself reciting "Twist Around the Clock."
"Twist Around the Clock" is pretty low-voltage, despite guest-star turns by Dion (who lip-synchs "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," and "The Majestic"), The Marcels (not shown to best advantage with a mediocre rendition of "Merry Twist-mas"), Vicki Spencer (a Connie Francis wanna-be), and top-billed Twistmaster Chubby Checker. Chubby only has a few lines of dialogue but he is quite ingratiating in his limited role; his fans will be disappointed that he doesn't show up until the middle of the movie, and he doesn't sing his record hits "The Twist" or "Let's Twist Again." The plotline is handled by uninspired unknowns; John Cronin and Mary Mitchell do not distinguish themselves as the romantic leads, although Alvy Moore of "Green Acres" gets a chuckle or two in a deadpan comedy-relief role.
If you have to choose between the "Twist Around the Clock" and "Rock Around the Clock" DVDs, "Rock Around the Clock" is easily your better bet. "Twist Around the Clock" fares badly on all counts: the music is monotonous (not one of the "twist" numbers is memorable), the story portions between numbers are leaden, and the predictability of the whole enterprise will have you reaching for the fast-forward button. All this has going for it is an archaeological value: curious viewers can observe the Twist phenomenon in its original context, and film buffs can see for themselves just how much was stolen from an older and better movie.
Classic old time film
Brian A. Minnett | Hornsby Heights, NSW Australia | 05/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now this film will always hold its charm, good old music. Music that will still be heard today and for many years to come"
Clay Cole and Chubby Checker fans
Toni | Fairfield, IA, USA | 05/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
". . . will have a great time watching these DVDs. Both of these performers are fun to watch. Because they are having such a good time, they automatically make you happy. People who are sensitive to the nuances of their performing style will appreciate this. I enjoyed all of the musical performances (which included other singers and groups as well)."