“It’s rock ‘n roll, and we’re rockin’ tonight!”
Talent scouts Steve (Johnny Johnston) and Corny (Henry Slate) sign on with small-town band Bill Haley and the Comets, as well as dancing duo siblings Lisa (Lisa Gaye) and Jimmy (Earl Barton) — but big-time music agent Corinne Talbot (Alix Talton) is jealous of Steve’s romantic interest in Lisa, and tries her best to foil the band’s success.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Love Triangle
- Rock ‘n Roll
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, “rock ‘n roll triumphs” in this otherwise dated, weakly plotted, poorly acted musical about “talent scouts… looking for a new sound that will get the people dancing again”.
Best known as the first “rock ‘n roll film”, Rock Around the Clock was — amazingly enough — highly controversial upon its release. Today, it’s primarily enjoyable for music acts by Bill Haley and the Comets, the Platters, and others.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Many fine performances by Bill Haley and the Comets
- The Platters crooning “Only You”
- Gaye and Barton swinging together on the dance floor
Yes, simply as part of music (and film) history.
One thought on “Rock Around the Clock (1956)”
First viewing. A must, mostly as an historical document.
Ah, out with the old, in with the new! The end of an era – when Big Band went boom and rock ‘n’ roll began to rule!
But this film contains more, as it includes that seemingly timeless Latin beat – it’s funny when Tony Martinez and his band feel forced to downplay for a ‘square’ crowd. And it’s not just about the songs – there’s some mighty fancy steppin’ afoot by some very talented hoofers. And the story is even a bit fun, esp. with its somewhat twisted booking agent on-board.
It’s a generally spirited relic, adequately if not memorably acted. At least you don’t have to cringe between musical numbers.
[Trivia note: The name of one of The Platters was David Lynch. Odd ’cause I was thinking that the director David Lynch could very well be a huge Platters fan.]