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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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Complete credited cast:
Tony Travis ...
Karen Kadler ...
Joyce Terry ...
Stanley Farrar ...
Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ...
Frank Worth ...
Bob Pacquin ...
Hotel Detective


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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1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sideburns and Sympathy  »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


[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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Referenced in The Boatniks (1970) See more »

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I am gonna moon ya man, I AM GONNA MOON YA!
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This has to be one of my favorite MST3K episodes of all time. And a reason why Paul Frees has stuck to animation and cartoon voice overs, since this was his first and last live action feature film he has ever done.

Though the movie is suppose to be a serious musical/crime drama, I sure laughed my head off over it, especially with Joel and the bots there to save it. It deals with an Elvis clone named Eddy Crane whom hits the top when a music agent and a sexy blond woman discovers his so-called "talents". However, his so-called "beatnik" friends want him to come back to him and stop singing, especially a nutcase named Mooney, whoms immortal lines were "One word outta you and I am gonna moon ya!" "MOON, YOU!". That part right there cracks me up.

And another thing, why did Paul Frees decided to call this movie "Beatniks"? It is a gang of juvenile deliquents (perhaps special ed rejects?) whom like to get into trouble. What was Paul Frees on when doing this?

Oh well, at least Frees learned his lesson here, while there are some much worse so-called "talents" whom have not.

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