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Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock(1956)

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  • Of the songs performed by Bill Haley and the Comets in this film, only the instrumental "Rudy's Rock" is performed live. Everything else is lip-synched to earlier recordings. As a result, several Comets are in fact pretending to play music originally recorded by other musicians, as six months earlier Haley hired new bass, drum and sax players. When you see them performing Rock Around the Clock, for instance, guitarist Franny Beecher is actually miming to music originally recorded by guitarist Danny Cedrone, who died 18 months earlier.
  • This was the first full-length rock and roll movie.
  • Comets drummer Ralph Jones took lots of home movies during the band's visit to Hollywood. This footage - which has been used by documentary filmmakers - includes the only known color footage from the set of Rock Around the Clock.
  • Filmed in January 1956.
  • Queen Elizabeth II requested a print of this film be shown at Buckingham Palace - one of this first times this was done with a major motion picture.

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