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The Beatniks (1960)

| Crime | 1960 (USA)
A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.




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Tony Travis ...
Karen Kadler ...
Joyce Terry ...
Stanley Farrar ...
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Frank Worth ...
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Hotel Detective


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First and only directorial effort from voice actor Paul Frees. See more »


When Eddy asks Mooney to leave the hotel room so he can talk with his agent, Mooney walks out of the shot and we hear the hotel door close. Mooney's shadow, however, can still be seen on the wall, revealing the actor is still on the set. See more »


[Moon and the gang want Eddy to party down, but the TV folks advise abstention]
Helen Tracy: There'll be plenty of time to celebrate later on. You could catch cold or something.
Iris: What're you, his mother?
Helen Tracy: I didn't -
Eddy Crane: Iris!
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Referenced in The Boatniks (1970) See more »

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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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