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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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Charles Delaney ...
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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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The Ford sedan driven by Iris changes back and forth between a 1949 (plain horizontal bar grille) and the equivalent 1950 model (with a round feature in the grille center). The '49's damaged trunk - dented in on the passenger side - also comes and goes in various shots. See more »

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[Television agent Harry Bayliss asks Eddy about how he learned to sing]
Eddy Crane: Call that singin'? That was nuthin'.
Iris: Eddy learned hisself ta sing, didn't cha, Eddy?
Eddy Crane: Shut up, Iris.
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Gang leader, Tony Travis, discovered as a singer, tries to break his gang connection
27 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About the time that "The Beatniks" was made, which is 1960, the classic film noir era had just about drawn to a close. Noir lived on in the form of offshoots as it made its way into the eventual flowering of neo-noir. Noir always had an anti-authority strain, and this made its way into films about rebellious teenagers, beatniks, gangs, addicts, assorted lawbreakers, and bikers. The city at night is sometimes prominent, with neon signs and jazzy music, indicating a kind of wildness within the urban setting. I place "The Beatniks" in this group.

Other such titles about the same time would be "The Black Rebels", "The Rebel Set," "Angel's Flight", "Blast of Silence", "Because They're Young," "The Big Night," "Date Bait", "Incident in an Alley", "Alias Gardelito", and "Cosh Boy," to mention a few.

I surmise that "The Beatniks" has far to low of an IMDb rating because the MSTK3000 people have manhandled it.

"The Beatniks" is no more than an average film, but it is sincere, a product of some skill and merit, and a film that holds one's attention. Tony Travis leads a gang of young adults, not beatniks, who affect rebelliousness and worse. They do holdups. Travis has a talent for singing, and when this gets noticed by an agent, the stage is set for the film's main conflicts.

Peter Breck plays a complex character. He is a volatile mixture of child and man, who knows how to manipulate Travis, knows how to lie, and is not averse to murder, but craves attention and recognition. Travis is trying to get free of his past associations both with Breck and his gang girl friend, because he has found a new love in his agent's associate.

Between the predicament of Travis on his career vs. gang, his romantic conflict, and the surprising quirks of Breck, plus the mature intercession of the agent of Travis, there is plenty here to hold one's attention for the 72 minute running time.


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