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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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2.35 : 1
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In-joke: Ray Danton, playing a serial rapist, finds one of his victims by seeing her street address on an envelope. The street is named Danton. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Altera: Would you rather be dead with him or alive with me?
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Headed for the Blues
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Music by Albert Glasser
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Precursor to A Clockwork Orange
15 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Set in the late fifties, this is a tale of misguided youths, music, sex, crime, beer and police. There's a crafty script with modern dialogue and social statements. The beatniks make for a easy frame and alibi for a psychotic rapist hell bent on revenge to all women and square father-like men.

Behind the facade of crime there is a real police story and the inner-conflict between the cops, criminals, and victims are portrayed. Beautiful women both submissive and dominant mask the ugliness of both male characters cop and criminal. At the end we are not sure which side wins out. Beat Generation?


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