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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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Complete credited cast:
Tony Travis ...
Karen Kadler ...
Joyce Terry ...
Charles Delaney ...
Stanley Farrar ...
Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ...
Martha Wentworth ...
Bob Pacquin ...
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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 »


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 »


[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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Somebody Lost The Beat
31 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If there's anyone out there expecting to see a film about the Fifties counterculture prototypes, skip this one by. Skip it by for that reason and on general principles.

The Beatniks is about a gang of punks who bully and rob people for kicks and one of them, Tony Travis is discovered in true Hollywood tradition in a roadside dive by an agent. He's got a decent singing voice and the agent promises to make him the next Elvis.

But our lug-nut of a hero instead of saying goodbye Daddy-O in true beatnik fashion, doesn't want to lose the old gang. And the old gang don't want to let him go. Especially Peter Breck, a twisted psycho with some gay leanings who's crushing out on Travis big time.

Despite this film where he gives an over the top performance like Jack Palance on amphetamines, Peter Breck was the only one in this no name cast to have anything resembling a career.

The Beatniks is a film without a lot going for it. This was one of those drive-in flicks which one could get down to serious business at the drive-in without missing anything of importance.

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