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The Beatniks (1960)

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A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.

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Eddie Crane is on his way to becoming a top recording star...if he can only break away from his lawless beatnik friends who are his only companions. Trouble ensues when his friends kill a bartender during a botched hold-up. Written by Chris Cuomo

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First and only directorial effort from voice actor Paul Frees. See more »

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When the hotel's house detective first visits Eddie and the others in the hotel room, Eddie's tie keeps appearing and disappearing. See more »

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[the nebbish hotel manager, complaining about the gang's behavior, gets mocked for his trouble]
The Hotel Manager: Whyyyy, you young hoodlums, I'll call the police!
Bob 'Moon' Mooney: You say one word to anyone and I'm gonna *moon* you.
The Hotel Manager: You're gonna what?
Bob 'Moon' Mooney: MOON YOU!
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Referenced in The Boatniks (1970) See more »

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A juvenile delinquent discovers he has a great voice but has trouble leaving his "gang" to "go straight" and become a star.
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie, that was part of the Mystery Science Theatre 3K batch of "so bad, they're good" flicks. The film's worst offense is its title. There are no beatniks in the movie, but rather, juvenile delinquents (all over 2o, at least). By all Hollywood standards, this is a B movie, but I find it more entertaining than some movies that are nominated for an Oscar. Good looking lead Tony Travis is also a good actor, as is Peter Breck as a wise-cracking gang member who is supposedly psychotic but in the overall scheme of things comes across as funnier than menacing. Karen Kadler is fun too as Mr. Travis' gang girl-friend. Travis plays Eddie Crane, who in the course of the movie sings 4 times and sings well, from Sinatra-like ballads to early rock 'n' roll. There is a plot that involves shootings, and a jazz/ big band score...and a weak attempt at artsy filming but what we care about most is whether or not Eddie will side with the upright show biz people and leave his gang. Don't get serious about this film, just enjoy it!


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