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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 the record producer calls in to his secretary, we see a shot of a woman sitting working a switch board, she tells the producer that the switchboard is lit up with calls regarding Eddy's first TV performance but she is clearly not speaking those words. 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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The Case of the Missing Beatniks
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No Beatniks appear in this film, the acting by the young leads is execrable, the song lyrics are both insane and badly lip-synched, and the plot is dumb. As others have commented, radio and voice actor Paul Frees assembled quite a nice cast of fellow radio and voice actors to play the "normal" people in this tale of troubled youth, but he neglected to cast credible actors as the over-the-hill "teens" who hang around engaging in delinquent acts of senseless violence. I was quite pleased to see radio and voice actor Stanley Farrar on screen, and, like other comment writers i wonder whose rather nice voice actually sang the lame songs that the character Eddie was inexpertly mouthing along to, but all in all, this one is a loser. Having read all the reviews here, some folks will no doubt seek it out for its sheer badness. To them i say, "Come back later and tell us if it was really worth it!"


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