Rock around the Clock takes off to a bouncy little beat and never lets up for 76 minutes of foot-patting entertainment. Bill Haley and The Comets set the beat with nine of their record favorites, including the title tune, 'Razzle Dazzle', 'Happy Baby', 'See You Later, Alligator', 'Rudy's Back' and others. Freddie Bell and His Bellboys are on for two solid numbers, 'Giddy Up, Ding Dong' and 'We're Gonna Teach You to Rock'.

Rock around the Clock takes off to a bouncy little beat and never lets up for 76 minutes of foot-patting entertainment. Bill Haley and The Comets set the beat with nine of their record favorites, including the title tune, ‘Razzle Dazzle’, ‘Happy Baby’, ‘See You Later, Alligator’, ‘Rudy’s Back’ and others. Freddie Bell and His Bellboys are on for two solid numbers, ‘Giddy Up, Ding Dong’ and ‘We’re Gonna Teach You to Rock’.

Fred F. Sears’ direction has excellent pace and keeps interest going with a story that tells how a band manager finds the Haley Comets in the mountains and brings dancing back to ballrooms throughout the country.

Johnny Johnston is likeable as the manager, while Alix Talton is a cool chick as a big band booker who tries unsuccessfully to get her matrimonial hooks in him. Film is a particularly strong showcasing for Lisa Gaye, who plays the rock and roll dancer with The Comets. Her terping’s good and that figure the dance costumes display commands added interest.

Rock Around the Clock

Production

Clover/Columbia. Director Fred F. Sears; Producer Sam Katzman; Screenplay Robert Kent, James B. Gordon; Camera Benjamin H. Kline; Editor Saul A. Goodkind, Jack W. Ogilvie; Music Fred Karger (sup.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Bill Haley and The Comets The Platters Tony Martinez and His Band Freddie Bell and His Bellboys Alan Freed Lisa Gaye
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