Twist Around the Clock

Twist Around the Clock is an American musical film released in 1961. It was a remake of Sam Katzman and Robert E. Kent's Rock Around the Clock. Like Rock Around the Clock, which was followed by a sequel titled, Don't Knock the Rock, the film was followed by a sequel titled, Don't Knock the Twist.

Twist Around the Clock
Theatrical Poster
Directed byOscar Rudolph
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byRobert E. Kent
StarringChubby Checker
Music byFreddy Karger
CinematographyGordon Avil
Edited byJerome Thoms
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
December 30, 1961
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


A struggling manager visits a hayseed town and discovers a new dance craze, "the Twist" and hopes to turn it into an overnight nationwide sensation.

  • Chubby Checker as Chubby Checker
  • Dion DiMucci as Dion (as Dion)
  • Vicki Spencer as Vicki Spencer
  • The Marcels as The Marcels
  • Cornelius Harp as The Marcels Lead Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Fred Johnson as The Marcels Bass Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Gene Bricker as The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Ronald Mundy as The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Richard Knauss as The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Allen Johnson as The Marcels Singer (as The Marcels)
  • Clay Cole as Clay Cole
  • John Cronin as Mitch Mason
  • Mary Mitchel as Tina Louden (as Mary Mitchell)
  • Maura McGiveney as Debbie Marshall
  • Tol Avery as Joe Marshall
  • Alvy Moore as Dizzy Bellew
  • Lenny Kent as Georgie Clark
  • Tom Middleton as Jimmy Cook
  • Jeff Malloy as Larry Louden (as Jeff Parker)
  • John Bryantas Harry Davis
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