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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 young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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Eddie Brandt ... Pianist (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Various Voices (voice) (uncredited)
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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 »
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Continuity: The Ford sedan driven by Iris changes back and forth between a 1949 (plain horizontal bar grille) and the equivalent 1950 model (with a round feature in the grille center). The '49's damaged trunk - dented in on the passenger side - also comes and goes in various shots.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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Gang leader, Tony Travis, discovered as a singer, tries to break his gang connection, 27 January 2013
Author: msroz from United States

About the time that "The Beatniks" was made, which is 1960, the classic film noir era had just about drawn to a close. Noir lived on in the form of offshoots as it made its way into the eventual flowering of neo-noir. Noir always had an anti-authority strain, and this made its way into films about rebellious teenagers, beatniks, gangs, addicts, assorted lawbreakers, and bikers. The city at night is sometimes prominent, with neon signs and jazzy music, indicating a kind of wildness within the urban setting. I place "The Beatniks" in this group.

Other such titles about the same time would be "The Black Rebels", "The Rebel Set," "Angel's Flight", "Blast of Silence", "Because They're Young," "The Big Night," "Date Bait", "Incident in an Alley", "Alias Gardelito", and "Cosh Boy," to mention a few.

I surmise that "The Beatniks" has far to low of an IMDb rating because the MSTK3000 people have manhandled it.

"The Beatniks" is no more than an average film, but it is sincere, a product of some skill and merit, and a film that holds one's attention. Tony Travis leads a gang of young adults, not beatniks, who affect rebelliousness and worse. They do holdups. Travis has a talent for singing, and when this gets noticed by an agent, the stage is set for the film's main conflicts.

Peter Breck plays a complex character. He is a volatile mixture of child and man, who knows how to manipulate Travis, knows how to lie, and is not averse to murder, but craves attention and recognition. Travis is trying to get free of his past associations both with Breck and his gang girl friend, because he has found a new love in his agent's associate.

Between the predicament of Travis on his career vs. gang, his romantic conflict, and the surprising quirks of Breck, plus the mature intercession of the agent of Travis, there is plenty here to hold one's attention for the 72 minute running time.

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