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The Rebel Set -- Gregg Palmer, Edward Platt, Don Sullivan, John Lupton. An interesting beatnik film that shows the atmosphere and flavor of the late '50's beatnik coffee shops and club scene...


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Louis Vittes (written by) and
Bernard Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1959 (USA) See more »
B-GUYS! (The Beatnicks) Living and Loving for strange kicks! JET DOLLS! Ready and willing to go into orbit! KING OF BEATSVILLE! Master mind behind a million dollars worth of murder! THE "WEIRDIES"! Nobody knows what makes them tick! See more »
Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks. | Full synopsis »
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Gregg Palmer ... John Mapes

Kathleen Crowley ... Jeanne Mapes

Edward Platt ... Mr. Tucker / Mr. T
John Lupton ... Ray Miller
Don Sullivan ... George Leland
Vikki Dougan ... Karen, the Waitress

Ned Glass ... Sidney Horner

Robert Shayne ... Lt. Cassidy
Collette Lyons ... Rita Leland
Gene Roth ... Conductor, New York Train

I. Stanford Jolley ... King Invader, Beat Poet (as Norman Jolley)
Barbara Drew ... Mrs. Packard
Gloria Moreland ... Bali Dancer
Robert Nash
Peter Brian
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Cop Boarding Train
Byron Foulger ... Conductor, Chicago Train
Grace Field ... Train Gossip
Eddie Foster
Cecil Elliott ... Train Gossip
Michael Ross ... Reporter
Smoki Whitfield ... Train Porter
Carey Loftin
Bobby Gilbert ... Store Clerk
Craig Duncan ... Policeman in Armored Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Close ... Police Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Writing credits
Louis Vittes (written by) (as Lou Vittes) and
Bernard Girard (written by)

Produced by
Phil G. Giriodi .... associate producer
J. William Hayes .... executive producer
Earle Lyon .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile Lavigne)
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kenneth Kessler .... production supervisor (as K.M. Kessler)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Kessler .... assistant director (as Kenny Kessler)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
Sound Department
Clarence Peterson .... sound
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (as A.J. Lohman)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... chief electrician
Harry Lewis .... head grip (as Harold Lewis)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Harry Eisen .... music editor
Other crew
M.E.M. Gibsone .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Revealing mistakes: 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 is reading one of his poems]
King Invader:The brain is missing.
Bored Drunk:It's been missing all night!
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Beatnik-Noir---and not as bad as you'd think., 19 October 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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