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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 (22 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
Dick 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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[the nebbish hotel manager, complaining about the gang's behavior, gets mocked for his trouble]
The Hotel Manager:Whyyyy, you young hoodlums, I'll call the police!
Bob 'Moon' Mooney:You say one word to anyone and I'm gonna *moon* you.
The Hotel Manager:You're gonna what?
Bob 'Moon' Mooney:MOON YOU!
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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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