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The Beat Generation (1959)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  3 July 1959 (USA)
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A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Cochran ...
Dave Culloran
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Georgia Altera
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Stan Hess
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Francee Culloran
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Himself
Margaret Hayes ...
Joyce Greenfield (as Maggie Hayes)
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Jake Baron
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Art Jester (as Jim Mitchum)
Cathy Crosby ...
The Singer
Ray Anthony ...
Harry Altera
Dick Contino ...
Singing Beatnik
Irish McCalla ...
Marie Baron
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The Poetess
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Dr. Elcott
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
The Wrestling Beatnik (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
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A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

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Behind the Weird "Way-Out" World of the Beatniks! See more »

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3 July 1959 (USA)  »

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This Rebel Age  »

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Audience members were given free "beatnik dictionaries", which humorously defined "beat" terms and catch-phrases. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Altera: Would you rather be dead with him or alive with me?
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Soundtracks

Someday You'll Be Sorry
Written by Louis Armstrong
Performed by Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars
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Very uneven, but has some interesting aspects
4 July 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Like a few others have already stated in these user comments, it's kind of surprising that the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio of 1959 would get involved in a movie with a number of trashy elements. The movie has a number of flaws as well. The musical numbers seem out of place for a serious story, and there is also comedy relief that seems out of place. The movie is stretched out to the breaking point when a more compact telling was obviously needed. And the character of the rapist isn't really explored that well.

Still, there are some interesting things to be found here. The movie explores some topics like rape and abortion with effectiveness that even more than 50 years later still seems a little daring. Also, Ray Danton, despite a weakly written character, acts in a really slimy way that makes him an effective villain. While this material isn't enough to make the movie worth searching for, if it happens to come on your TV, people interested in 50s movie exploitation that was done while still hampered by a production code may find the movie of some interest.


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