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The Beat Generation (1959)

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

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Dave Culloran
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Georgia Altera
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Stan Hess
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Francee Culloran
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Joyce Greenfield (as Maggie Hayes)
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Jake Baron
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Art Jester (as Jim Mitchum)
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The Singer
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Harry Altera
Dick Contino ...
Singing Beatnik
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Marie Baron
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The Poetess (as Vampira)
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Dr. Elcott
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The Wrestling Beatnik
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Soon after, we learn that Hess is a serial rapist at large in Los Angeles. His modus operandi is to gain entry to the home of a married woman whose husband is away by pretending to be there to repay money loaned by the husband. Once inside, he feigns a headache, pulls out a tin of aspirin, and asks the woman for water. While she is distracted by this errand, he sneaks up behinds her, and then assaults and rapes her. He leaves the tin of aspirin behind as his calling card, leading the police to call him "The Aspirin Kid." Leaving the scene of the first assault portrayed in the film, he is nearly hit by a car. The driver, who is a police detective named Culloran (Steve Cochran), gives him a lift, and the two engage in conversation. The rapist calls himself Arthur Garret, and as the two talk, he learns that Culloran is married, and sees his address on an envelope on the car seat. After getting out of Culloran's car, he writes down the name and address, and the word "married," ... Written by Watch_Movies

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Behind the Weird "Way-Out" World of the Beatniks! 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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The Beat Generation
Written by Walton Farrar (as Tom Walton) and Walter Kent
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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