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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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When Mooney comes to the back entrance of Universal Recorders and opens the door, from the outside view the door opens outwards, but from the inside view the door opens inwards. 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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"A pulsating story of modern youth-defiant-explosive"
27 May 2001 | by (Edmonton, Ab.) – See all my reviews

Maybe for the time is might have been, especially with a tag-line like that. This pretty obscure film is about Bad singers, Sleazy Talent scouts, teen gangs, robbery and general pandemonium. No Beatniks here, really. Ginsberg and Kerouac probably couldn't believe what they had wrought-this certainly was not it.

If you want to see a better example of one of the so called "beatnik" films that were created around 1959 to 1961, (where Exploitation Producers latched onto popular media phrases like "Beatnik"), check out The Beat Generation starring Mamie Van Doren, or Beat Girl starring a then unknown Oliver Reed. Although these were not about 'niks they had a somewhat inkling to what a "beatnik" was.

As with all exploitation films very few of the catch phrases and trends used in marketing the films were used very accurately, nevertheless the films did make obscene amounts of money because they were presented to the public within a few months of a trend that was in high gear.


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