The first of four films produced to cash in on the Twist dance craze (HEY, LET'S TWIST; TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK; and DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST were the others) that swept the nation in the early 60s, this was also the most inept of the lot. The movie was rushed into production to beat the other
projects to the theatres, and the haste shows in nearly every frame. Worse, while the other films featured bona fide Twist stars such as Chubby Checker and Joey Dee, this film laughably has Louis Prima cast in the lead--a man no doubt well known to fans of Las Vegas lounge acts, but one who was
far removed from the burgeoning rock scene. An independently shot prolog was tacked on to the film. It features a few musical groups and some energetic dancers demonstrating the Twist. Serving as the emcee for the prolog was Jim Lounsbury, a man who never achieved the fame of his Philadelphia
contemporary, Dick Clark, but was one of the pioneers in rock 'n' roll dance shows on television. After the prolog, the film opens with Prima appearing as the owner of a struggling teen club. Of course, the new dance craze is just what he needs to get his business rolling. The songs, which are in
no way representative of rock music of the era, include "When the Saints Go Twistin' In," "Everybody Knows," "The Saints Waltz," "Oh Mama, Twist"(Louis Prima), "Alright, Okay, You Win" (S. Wyche, M. Watts), "Sam's Boogie," "Society Waltz," "International Waltz," "Better Twist Now, Baby," "Twistin'
the Blues" (Sam Butera, Prima), "Trombone Staccato" (Prima, Louis Sino), "The Continental Twist" (Don Covay, John Berry), "Coolin"' (Sid Kuller, Prima), "Tag That Twistin' Dollie" (Ollie Jones, Lockie Edwards, Jr.), "When You're Smiling" (Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay), "Fool Around"
(Butera), "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), "Mood Indigo" (Duke Ellingon, Irving Mills, Albany Bigard), "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" (Clarence Gaskill, McHugh).
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- Review: The first of four films produced to cash in on the Twist dance craze (HEY, LET'S TWIST; TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK; and DON'T KNOCK THE TWIST were the others) that swept the nation in the early 60s, this was also the most inept of the lot. The movie was rushed… (more)