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The Beatniks -- 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.
The Beatniks -- 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.

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Paul Frees (written by)
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A PULSATING STORY OF MODERN YOUTH See more »
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A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A juvenile delinquent discovers he has a great voice but has trouble leaving his "gang" to "go straight" and become a star. See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Tony Travis ... Eddy
Karen Kadler ... Iris

Peter Breck ... Mooney
Joyce Terry ... Helen

Bob Wells ... Chuck

Sam Edwards ... Red
Charles Delaney ... Bayliss
Stanley Farrar ... Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ... Hotel Manager

Martha Wentworth ... Nadine
Bob Pacquin ... Hotel Detective
Frank Worth ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Brandt ... Pianist (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Various Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Frees 
 
Writing credits
Paul Frees (written by)

Produced by
Edward Heite .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Murray De Atley (director of photography) (as Murray Deatley)
 
Film Editing by
Harold White 
 
Art Direction by
Robert J. Herts  (as Bob Herts)
 
Set Decoration by
Erwin M. Brown 
 
Production Management
Kenneth Hartford .... production supervisor (as Kenneth Herts)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Taylor .... assistant director
 
Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... editorial supervisor (as Dick Currier)
 
Music Department
Eddie Brandt .... songs by
Paul Frees .... songs by
Stanley Wilson .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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78 min
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First and only directorial effort from voice actor Paul Frees.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A juvenile delinquent discovers he has a great voice but has trouble leaving his "gang" to "go straight" and become a star., 5 April 2005
Author: paultrefzger-1 from United States

This movie, that was part of the Mystery Science Theatre 3K batch of "so bad, they're good" flicks. The film's worst offense is its title. There are no beatniks in the movie, but rather, juvenile delinquents (all over 2o, at least). By all Hollywood standards, this is a B movie, but I find it more entertaining than some movies that are nominated for an Oscar. Good looking lead Tony Travis is also a good actor, as is Peter Breck as a wise-cracking gang member who is supposedly psychotic but in the overall scheme of things comes across as funnier than menacing. Karen Kadler is fun too as Mr. Travis' gang girl-friend. Travis plays Eddie Crane, who in the course of the movie sings 4 times and sings well, from Sinatra-like ballads to early rock 'n' roll. There is a plot that involves shootings, and a jazz/ big band score...and a weak attempt at artsy filming but what we care about most is whether or not Eddie will side with the upright show biz people and leave his gang. Don't get serious about this film, just enjoy it!

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