The Rebel Set (1959)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  28 June 1959 (USA)
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Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Palmer ...
Kathleen Crowley ...
John Lupton ...
Don Sullivan ...
Vikki Dougan ...
Karen, the Waitress
Collette Lyons ...
Rita Leland
Gene Roth ...
Conductor, New York Train
King Invader, Beat Poet (as Norman Jolley)
Barbara Drew ...
Gloria Moreland ...
Bali Dancer
Robert Nash
Peter Brian


Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.

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The DRIFTERS, the HIPSTERS, the hot SISTERS! Today's big jolt about THE BEATNICK JUNGLE! See more »


Crime | Drama





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28 June 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beatsville  »

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Towards the end of the movie, when the policemen are boarding the train in Newark, the film has been mirrored, as can be seen by the word "PACIFIC" (as "CIFICAP") on the right side of the door. See more »


King Invader: I am bugged... beyond recall!
[leaves the club's stage in a fit of picque]
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Beatnik-Noir---and not as bad as you'd think.
19 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I would never say that "The Rebel Set" is a good film, it isn't nearly as bad as you'd think. Some time back, the film was lampooned on "Mystery Science Theater 3000"--and because of this it has a reputation as a stinker. This is obvious when you see it has a score of 2.2.--which would indicate it is a 100% terrible film. But, unfortunately, it's not terrible and this rating seems unnecessarily harsh.

The film begins in a beatnik hangout run by a bearded Edward Platt ('Chief' from "Get Smart"). However, his appearing like an old beatnik is a disguise--he's really interested in masterminding a robbery. Using his business, he's learned which patrons are desperate and in need of money--and he approaches them to help him with his caper. Later, aboard a train, the film heats up, as Platt turns out to be a lot nastier than anyone in the gang anticipated. What exactly he does and how the film ends is something I'll leave up to you--it is mildly interesting.

The first half of the film is amazingly dull for a caper film. In fact, being on "MST 3000" you'd think the film was laughably bad, but it's only very slow and a bit amateurish. Fortunately, the second half is a lot better and I actually loved the final showdown. Not at all great but passable entertainment.

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