“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.