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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 »
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 »
[Eddy brings his gang into Bayliss's office, where they meet with TV station manager Ray Morrissey]
Iris:Are you the guy's who's gonna put Eddy on the TV?
Mr. Ray Morrissey:Well, I don't know, miss. Eh, we came down to hear him sing. If he's anything like, uh...
Iris:Oh, come *on*, pop! Eddy can sing rings around any of 'em! He can sing better than any of 'em -
Eddy Crane:Shut up, Iris.
Iris:But I just wanted -
Eddy Crane:You hear what I said?
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Sideburns don't need your sympathy...., 16 January 2004
Author: InzyWimzy from Queens, NY

That is one song that never fails to crack me up.

Beatniks anyone? See any? There are none to be found here. Tony Travis plays Eddy Crane; rebel and small-time hood, but also sings like a pansy femme?? This definitely ruins any credibility since you really can't straddle the fence. Either tell Iris to shut up, or sing "With a Look"; you can't do BOTH! That audition scene is hilarious getting to see hardcore, tough Eddy crooning sentimentality. HA HA HA HA!!!

Who else shamed themselves? Peter Breck as Mooney. Ham anyone? He takes the manic psycho character to probably the only entertainment in this flop. It's tough to be scared of someone who threatens you with "I'm gonna MOON you!!". His soliloquy regarding the barkeep is also priceless scene followed by on odd whiny fit. Then there's annoying broad Iris who's dancing can scar even those unprepared for random corkscrew gyrations. Mr. Morrissey taught me that to succeed as a talent agent, get in an auto accident, call for a tow, and listen to the guy near the jukebox!! Then there's a dive called Charlie's run by a guy named Gus(?).

Despite this corny premise, maybe the makers of Beatniks were trying to make a statement about life; it's not all wavy gravy and the man always square forcing the minds of our best generation to conform to antiquated norms while suppressing self expression. Rail against the establishment!! Whoops, slipped into Beatnik mode there. Well, someone had to because this film sure doesn't!!


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