Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Rock Around the Clock (1956)





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A frustrated big-band promoter runs into rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring the new sound to the entire country. But will a conniving booking agent, with a personal ax to grind with the manager, conspire to keep the band from making the big time?
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts
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Columbia Pictures


Johnny Johnston
as Steve Hollis
Lisa Gaye
as Lisa Johns
Alix Talton
as Corinne Talbot
Alan Freed
as Himself
John Archer
as Mike Dennis
Henry Slate
as Corny LaSalle
Earl Barton
as Jimmy Johns
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Critic Reviews for Rock Around the Clock

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January 13, 2013

If you can tune out the corny story, the music is a good trip down memory lane.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Rock Around the Clock

Fun flick that loosely portrays some of how rock and roll came to the forefront of popular music. The artists may be lip-synching, but that doesn't take away from the classiness - and Allan Freed plays himself!! Bonus! Several full songs are well filmed with both the bands and the *crazy* dance moves featured. The rest of the film mirrors the business side of a budding new slant within the music business. The more things change....

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Jesus Christ, Bill Haley is one uncool guy. While Elvis is no longer controversial at all, he still comes off as cool when you see old footage of him. Bill Haley, on the other hand, comes off like a lame middle-age white dude who finds Elvis to be "totally crazy". Also: the age difference with love interests back in the day is kind of creepy. Why can't you just cast a dude who's not twice as old as his female counterpart?

Lou Schumaker
Lou Schumaker

Watchable only if you're interested in seeing one of the original rock and roll bands -- Bill Haley and the Comets -- in action. Otherwise, it's terribly dated and almost painful to sit through. It's hard to believe that bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who and Metallica could have evolved from this. But they did, and as square as they seem today, the Comets deserve a little respect.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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