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Mooney
Joyce Terry ...
Helen
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Red
Charles Delaney ...
Bayliss
Stanley Farrar ...
Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ...
Martha Wentworth ...
Nadine
Bob Pacquin ...
Hotel Detective
Frank Worth ...
Bartender
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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 gang drops by Nadine's diner after the opening heist, the shadow of the boom mic is quite visible in the top left-hand corner as it passes over Nadine's face. More crewmembers' shadows are seen on the door in the back of the shot for the first 20 seconds or so of the scene. See more »

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[Eddy brings his gang into Bayliss's office, where they meet with TV station manager Ray Morrissey]
Iris: Are you the guy's who's gonna put Eddy on the TV?
Mr. Ray Morrissey: Well, I don't know, miss. Eh, we came down to hear him sing. If he's anything like, uh...
Iris: Oh, come *on*, pop! Eddy can sing rings around any of 'em! He can sing better than any of 'em -
Eddy Crane: Shut up, Iris.
Iris: But I just wanted -
Eddy Crane: You hear what I said?
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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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