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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 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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The wild, weird, world of the Beatniks! ...Sullen rebels, defiant chicks...searching for a life of their own! The pads...the jazz...the dives... those frantic "way-out" parties... beyond belief! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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3 July 1959 (USA)  »

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This Rebel Age  »

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Irish McCalla was offered the lead role, but turned it down because of the violent rape scenes. She took the much smaller role of Marie Baron. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Altera: Would you rather be dead with him or alive with me?
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Don't Bust Me Daddy-O
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Music by Albert Glasser
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"I don't need a Mother...I have been born."
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With no apologies to Jack Kerouac, this is an odd mix, to say the least. The title and the backdrop is a surreal, but stereotypical set-up with some Real Gone Cats looking drugged-out and oblivious to all except contemplating time and space. What goes on here is an Ed Wood like combination of some very odd bedfellows.

The Beats are interesting with crazy mixed up stuff like Poetry Readings with white rats on the shoulder, sleazy, soft spasms of youthful Ecstasy, listening, on record, to what might now be called Industrial Music Samples, and an out of place Louis Armstrong on stage.

There are some very strange, and for the time daring, sub-themes like Rape, Abortion, Serial Killers, and two Women Haters as the Leads. There is bizarre, incomprehensible stuff like a Wrestling Match (out of the blue), and an ending that takes place underwater with scuba gear (huh!).

There is enough quirk here to fill three Movies and it is all fascinating to behold. An undeniable underground Classic that is marvelously mishandled and has more angles than a Picasso. It is all so gut-wrenchingly charming that it cannot be overlooked and is a great example of Hollywood with its most unflinching, insoluble, insights and misrepresentations that makes the jaw drop and the Brain boggle.


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