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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 ...
Stanley Farrar ...
Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ...
Frank Worth ...
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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The wild, weird world of the Beatniks!...Sullen rebels, defiant chicks...searching for a life of their own! The pads...the jazz...the dives...those frantic "way-out" parties...beyond belief! See more »







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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 »


[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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WARNING!! There are no Beatniks in this Movie
3 April 2006 | by (Chambana) – See all my reviews

This is my largest complaint; no Beatnik culture, no snapping fingers and performance poetry, marijuana, not even the stereotypical black clothes and sunglasses -- how can you get that part wrong? Instead the "Beatniks" are mostly your typical 50s squares and range to a geek-greaser (Mooney) and the lone woman in the group, think of a "Grease" Frenchy-Rizzo mix.

Since, the majority of the plot of this movie revolves around Eddie's musical ability the audience gets plenty of solo performances. The music is fine for a low budget movie like "Beatniks", nothing you will remember past the end credits. Again, even when Eddie was a "Beatnik" he wasn't singing Beatnik music, more like Mel Torme-like crooning.

Other glaring mistakes in this movie is the continuity (see the GOOFS section) and the character of Moon is just ridiculous, with a catch phrase that will live on forever (I'm gonna MOON ya'!). The Eddie character is a little annoying in his inconsistency -- is he a goon with a heart of gold or just a jerk? All in all this is a very, very bad movie.

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