The film was shot over a short period of time in January and released in March to capitalize on Haley's success and the popularity of his multimillion-selling recording " Rock Around the Clock " that debuted in the teen flick Blackboard Jungleand is considered the first major rock and roll musical film. Haley's recording was previously played over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle and the same recording was used for the opening of Rock Around the Clockmarking a rare occasion where the same recording opened films released in such a short interval the recording would be used once again to open the film American Graffiti.
Rock Around the Clock tells a highly fictionalized rendition of how rock and roll was discovered. As band manager Steve Hollis observes that big band dance music is failing to draw audiences any longer, he comes across a new sound that piques his interest.
Convinced that rock and roll will be the next big thing, Hollis strikes a deal to manage the group and also strikes up a romance with dancer Lisa Johns. Hollis then turns to agent Corinne Talbot, who handles bookings for nearly all of the venues in which Hollis needs the band to play to gain them exposure.
Talbot's primary interest in Hollis, however, is to have him marry her as she has been wooing him for some time, and she's determined to prevent him from succeeding without his working directly for her agency, and Lisa in any event. First, she books the band Luce Che Trema - Litfiba - Cento Giorni Verso Est. (DVD) a traditionally conservative venue, expecting them to reject the band's brash new sound.
But instead, the teens and adults there are excited by the music and embrace it enthusiastically. Next, Talbot simply blacklists Hollis and his acts from the venues she controls.
But Hollis maneuvers around her by calling in a favor owed to him by disc jockey Alan Freed. The resulting booking in Freed's venue grants the Comets the exposure they need in spite of Talbot's efforts. Talbot's final play is to agree to sign the group to a three-year contract that will secure their future, but only on the condition that Johns agree not to marry during the term of that contract.
Rock Around The Clock - Gary White Group - Rock Around The Clock agrees to those terms and Talbot launches their career with a national tour, confident that the contract's marriage prohibition will drive a wedge between Hollis and Johns. Once the contract is signed and the tour begins - climaxing in the Comets and other groups appearing on a coast-to-coast television broadcast - Hollis reveals that he and Johns married quickly during the time it took to draw up the contract.
Talbot good-naturedly accepts defeat as they watch the TV broadcast end with Lisa and her dancing partner, her brother Jimmy, dancing as the Comets sing "Rock Around the Clock". No soundtrack album was ever released for the film in North America, though some foreign compilation albums were released as a tie-in. The performance of "Rudy's Rock" is the only Haley song performed live on camera and while an off-air recording taken from the film would be released in Germany in the s as part of the Hydra Records Haley compilation album, On Screena proper studio-quality recording from the set has yet to be released.
The band also performs live on camera during a brief rehearsal prior to lip-synching to the Decca recording of "R-O-C-K". A few months prior to shooting the film, the Comets had undergone a major change in personnel, with several members leaving the group. As a result, most of the songs lip-synched in the film actually feature a different line-up of musicians from those shown performing.
The only songs on which all musicians shown on screen were also involved in the recording session are "See You Later Alligator", the rehearsal prior to "R-O-C-K" and the live-on-camera rendition of "Rudy's Rock". During the performances of "Rock Around the Clock", Franny Beecher is shown playing the guitar for Danny Cedronewho had originally been on the recording session, and who had died 18 months earlier. Cedrone's guitar work can also Saludos Caballeros - Jinny And The Flamboyants - Jinny And The Flamboyants heard on "ABC Boogie", the opening bars of which are performed off-camera.
Reflecting Alan Freed's real-life concerts and radio broadcasts, film advanced the cause of integration by showing white Sudans Intro - Ursula Rucker - Maat Mama performing in the same venues as black and Hispanic performers.
Not only that, but at the end of the film the all-black Platters vocal group briefly share the stage with the all-white Comets and Bellboys groups. Rock Around the Clock was one of the major box office successes ofand soon many more rock and roll musical films notably the big-budget "A" picture The Girl Can't Help It would be produced. Within a year, Elvis Presley whose first film, 's Love Me Tenderwas a western, not a rock and roll film would soon appear in the most popular films of the genre, including Jailhouse Rock and King Creole.
Rushed into production in order to capitalize on the success of Rock Around the Clock, the sequel failed to duplicate the earlier film's success, though it helped popularize one of its performers, Little Richard.
InKatzman produced the similarly titled, Twist Around the Clock starring Chubby Rock Around The Clock - Gary White Group - Rock Around The Clock which cribbed the script and followed the basic plot to Rock Around the Clock, and as such is often referred to as a remake of the Haley picture, just five years after the original. The film was not, however, released in its original aspect ratio, and was instead cropped for widescreen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rock Around the Clock Theatrical film poster.
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