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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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During Eddie's recording session, his song is being recorded not only on tape (correct for 1960) but directly to a master disc. Record companies no longer recorded directly to master discs after tape was introduced in the late 1940's and became the standard way of recording in the 1950's. See more »

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[At the hotel, the gang parties, but Eddy is in a somber mood]
Bob 'Moon' Mooney: ...the matter, man? Why don't you join the party? What's the matter, you afraid you might be catchin' a cold, man?
Iris: Maybe you just wanna be with that freako nuthin' you've been makin' eyes with, huh?
Eddy Crane: Get off my back, Iris. I'm thinkin'.
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Memo to Paul Frees: stick to voice work
7 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie because of my interest in voice actor Paul Frees, who wrote and directed "The Beatniks." He also wrote the lyrics to all the songs in the picture, with music by Eddie Brandt (who had worked with Spike Jones). In the Frees biography, his ex-wife (who stars in it) warns readers NOT to bother watching it because it's AWFUL. She claims that Frees knew nothing about directing, and that the photography and sound were also terrible. And she was right: this movie is a stinker, loaded with clichés about teenage troublemakers and also the entertainment industry of the 50s. It never really getting off the ground, leaving in the "deep Frees."


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