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Don't Knock the Twist / Twist Around the Clock

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Twist Around The Clock and Don’t Knock The Twist, both starring Chubby Checker and filmed in the early 1960s, when the Twist was the world’s biggest dance craze, causing whole clubs to be built to accommodate the dance and its many frenzied fans. Both films feature a whole lot of twistin’ combined with decent plots and Twist Around The Clock serves as a showcase for Dion and two of his hit songs, "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer."

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Along with the Twist dance craze in the early 1960s came Twist-themed movies, and this DVD release has two of the more memorable artifacts of the fad. Twist Around the Clock, out of 1961, finds an unemployed promoter recognizing the Twist's potential to make him a lot of money--if only he can figure out how to harness its popularity. Lightweight but enjoyable, Twist Around the Clock is a real treat when it gets down to business, which means performances by Twist king Chubby Checker, the Marcels, and especially Dion, whose great "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer" are featured. A sequel to Twist Around the Clock, Don't Knock the Twist is a formulaic yet completely fun story of preparations for a television show about the Twist. Romantic complications and other conflicts arise for various characters, but the presence of Checker, the Dovells, the Carroll Brothers, and Linda Scott are the real reason to immerse oneself in pure nostalgia. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci, Vicki Spencer, The Marcels, Cornelius Harp
  • Directors: Oscar Rudolph
  • Writers: Robert E. Kent
  • Producers: Kal Mann, Sam Katzman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0GS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Knock the Twist / Twist Around the Clock" on IMDb

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This is a review for the double featured DVD of DON'T
KNOCK THE TWIST and TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

There was a flurry of Twist movies that came out around 1961
attempting to capitolize on the enormous dance craze that swept and
reswept the country in 1960 and 1961. The Twist was so pervasive
it was even danced at White House parties, make thet Camelot
White House parties.

So here are two of the movies that without trying to be are something
like time capsules of what you might call "the Twist Era." and
luckily both of them feature the great popularizer of the song and dance,
Chubby Checker who was a very good performer.

IN the first one, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK the story, just the same as
1956's ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, has two rock'n roll veterans accidently
stumbling on a new dance and music at a small town dance and immediatly
hit on the idea of importing it all to the big town for a sure fire success.

That is pretty much what happens but there are a few complications along
the way. In the meantime we get to see Chubby Checker perform his megahit,
"The Twist," among other songs and Dion performs "Runaround Sue" as well
as "The Wanderer." And The Marcells perform their holiday attempt,
"Merry Twistmas."

There is one thing that's a little bothersome in TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.
Some of the characters take pains to put down rock'n roll and seem to be
pointing to the twist and its music as something particularly different.
But myself and everyone I knew all considered the Twist to be rock "n roll
and the records were definitely rock records .
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The transfer is crisp and clear. These classic predecessors of music videos have been restored to pristine condition and are a joy to watch. You'll get to see and hear many classic rock 'n roll groups of the late 1950's and the early 1960's in beautiful black and white!

Best of all, it's a double feature, just like the days of the drive-in theaters! Although the plots are a bit corny in these movies, the music is fantastic to listen to--I play these movies on mainly for the soundtrack. Amazon had this DVD on sale so I got it for only $7.49!!! What a steal!!

I recommend these films for all baby boomers and for anybody who loves music from the 1950's and 1960's, or for those people who love cheesy drive-in flicks. As a little kid, I remember doing the Twist to Chubby Checker with my babysitter. These films bring back great memories!
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. . . will have a great time watching these DVDs. Both of these performers are fun to watch. Because they are having such a good time, they automatically make you happy. People who are sensitive to the nuances of their performing style will appreciate this. I enjoyed all of the musical performances (which included other singers and groups as well).
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Don't Knock The Twist was released in 1962 and starred Chubby Checker, who sings with Dee Dee Sharp Slow Twistin'. Gene Chandler dings Duke Of Earl which charted #1 pop in 1962, Vic Dana, The Dovells, and Linda Scott. Much Twist music. Twist Around The Clock was released in 1961 and starred Chubby Checker, who sings The Twist which charted #1 pop, twice in 1960 and 1962 ! Dion also starred, and sings Runaround Sue which charted #1 pop in 1961. More Twist music. Fans of 1960's pop music will like these the most.
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Quality was great. Love watching the performers go through the songs albeit lip sinc. Storyline although very predictable adds to the enjoyment of what happened in that era. A great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon.
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Old rock & roll movies like this are always utterly predictable: you'll have record promoters pushing the latest hot new act, usually someone very sincere and good; and old farts totally offended by all of the rowdiness and disrepute and hip-shaking of the acts and the dancers; and at the very end, all is reconciled, everyone's happy, and rock and roll will never die (and it won't, ever.) So knowing all that, are these movies still great? Yes - because the music is! And even when the music is silly, and the acting bad, it still makes you happy. And that's what really matters, right?
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If you love music from the 60s, you will love this movie. The storyline is almost predictable but it was very enjoyable to watch. A nice old movie to watch with young children, so they can see how grandma and grandpa used to dance.
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Rock and Roll movies all seem to have the same silly stories, but they don't take up much time and are simply a brief bridge between the various acts. Teens only went to these movies to see the singers or band and didn't care about the story. Most of the "twist" songs all sound alike, and the twist doesn't involve any dancing skill like the jitterbug or swing dancing, but it's fun and nostalgic to see these now much older people (and some dead) in their youthful days. I gave the set a five-star rating because Dion is in one of the films.
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