Don't Knock the Twist (1962)

87 mins | Comedy | 13 April 1962

Director:

Oscar Rudolph

Writer:

James B. Gordon

Producer:

Sam Katzman

Cinematographer:

Gordon Avil

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Don Ament

Production Company:

Four Leaf Productions
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HISTORY

The 17 Jan 1962 DV announced the film as producer Sam Katzman’s proposed sequel to his current release, Twist Around the Clock (1961, see entry). The title was misprinted as Hey, Let’s Twist (1961, see entry). Principal photography began 30 Jan 1962, according to a 2 Feb 1962 DV production chart. The 15 Mar 1962 issue noted that it was Katzman’s second production under his contract with Columbia Pictures.
       Although the 7 Feb 1962 Var claimed that singer Vic Dana’s recording of “Little Altar Boy” would be rerecorded to suit the titular dance step, the 25 Mar 1962 LAT revealed that no such changes had been made to the arrangement. Dana reportedly took “Twist” lessons from Arthur Murray’s dance studio, only to discover that they were unnecessary.
       The cast included Paula Lane (2 Feb 1962 DV) and Tom Anthony (5 Feb 1962 DV). Filming was completed 7 Feb 1962, as reported in that day’s DV.
       Don’t Knock the Twist opened 13 Apr 1962 in New York City, and 16 May 1962 in Los Angeles, CA, as a companion feature to Safe at Home! (1962, see entry). Critical response was unenthusiastic. A review in the 4 Apr 1962 DV noted that several interior sets from Twist Around the Clock also appeared in the sequel. ... More Less

The 17 Jan 1962 DV announced the film as producer Sam Katzman’s proposed sequel to his current release, Twist Around the Clock (1961, see entry). The title was misprinted as Hey, Let’s Twist (1961, see entry). Principal photography began 30 Jan 1962, according to a 2 Feb 1962 DV production chart. The 15 Mar 1962 issue noted that it was Katzman’s second production under his contract with Columbia Pictures.
       Although the 7 Feb 1962 Var claimed that singer Vic Dana’s recording of “Little Altar Boy” would be rerecorded to suit the titular dance step, the 25 Mar 1962 LAT revealed that no such changes had been made to the arrangement. Dana reportedly took “Twist” lessons from Arthur Murray’s dance studio, only to discover that they were unnecessary.
       The cast included Paula Lane (2 Feb 1962 DV) and Tom Anthony (5 Feb 1962 DV). Filming was completed 7 Feb 1962, as reported in that day’s DV.
       Don’t Knock the Twist opened 13 Apr 1962 in New York City, and 16 May 1962 in Los Angeles, CA, as a companion feature to Safe at Home! (1962, see entry). Critical response was unenthusiastic. A review in the 4 Apr 1962 DV noted that several interior sets from Twist Around the Clock also appeared in the sequel.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Jan 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
2 Feb 1962
p. 10, 12.
Daily Variety
5 Feb 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Feb 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
15 Mar 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 Apr 1962
pp. 3-4.
Daily Variety
9 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 May 1962
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
25 Mar 1962
Section A, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
13 May 1962
Section M, p. 8.
New York Times
14 Apr 1962
p. 14.
Variety
7 Feb 1962
p. 58.
Variety
18 Apr 1962
p. 8.
Variety
12 Sep 1962
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Men's ward
Women's cost
MUSIC
Mus supv
DANCE
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Ch grip
Prop master
Dial dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Don't Knock the Twist," "The Bristol Stomp" and "Do the New Continental," music and lyrics by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
"Let's Twist `a la Paloma," music and lyrics by Kal Mann
"Little Altar Boy," music and lyrics by Howlett Smith
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SONGS
"Don't Knock the Twist," "The Bristol Stomp" and "Do the New Continental," music and lyrics by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
"Let's Twist `a la Paloma," music and lyrics by Kal Mann
"Little Altar Boy," music and lyrics by Howlett Smith
"Yesiree," music and lyrics by Linda Scott
"Duke of Earl," music and lyrics by Eugene Dixon, Bernice Williams and Earl Edwards
"Mash Potato Time," music and lyrics by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe
"Salome Twist," music and lyrics by Robert E. Kent and Fred Karger.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 April 1962
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 April 1962
Los Angeles opening: 16 May 1962
Production Date:
30 January--9 February 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Four Leaf Productions
Copyright Date:
1 April 1962
Copyright Number:
LP22251
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

New York television executive Ted Haver is ordered to put together a twist spectacular to precede a rival network's show by 2 weeks. He turns to his friend Chubby Checker, and they line up other stars including Vic Dana, Gene Chandler, Linda Scott, The Carroll Brothers, and The Dovells. While on a weekend in the country with his fiancée, Dulcie Corbin, a greedy fashion designer, Ted discovers Madge Albright twisting with her brother Billy, rehearsing for a weekly dance show they put on to raise money for an orphanage's summer camp. Disenchanted with Dulcie's mercenary attitude, Ted is attracted to Madge. When he hires Madge to do the "Salome Twist" on the spectacular, the jealous Dulcie designs an abbreviated costume for the young girl and tips off a hostile newspaper, which calls for censorship and nearly succeeds in halting the show. But Madge's followers from the Orphans' Summer Camp rally to her support, and the TV show goes on to great success. Additional songs : "Twistin'," "I Love To Twist," "Do the Fly With Me," "Slow Twist" (Chubby Checker); "Bo Diddeley" (Carroll ... +


New York television executive Ted Haver is ordered to put together a twist spectacular to precede a rival network's show by 2 weeks. He turns to his friend Chubby Checker, and they line up other stars including Vic Dana, Gene Chandler, Linda Scott, The Carroll Brothers, and The Dovells. While on a weekend in the country with his fiancée, Dulcie Corbin, a greedy fashion designer, Ted discovers Madge Albright twisting with her brother Billy, rehearsing for a weekly dance show they put on to raise money for an orphanage's summer camp. Disenchanted with Dulcie's mercenary attitude, Ted is attracted to Madge. When he hires Madge to do the "Salome Twist" on the spectacular, the jealous Dulcie designs an abbreviated costume for the young girl and tips off a hostile newspaper, which calls for censorship and nearly succeeds in halting the show. But Madge's followers from the Orphans' Summer Camp rally to her support, and the TV show goes on to great success. Additional songs : "Twistin'," "I Love To Twist," "Do the Fly With Me," "Slow Twist" (Chubby Checker); "Bo Diddeley" (Carroll Brothers). +

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