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Wild for Kicks (1960)

Beat Girl (original title)
Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Linden
Noëlle Adam ...
Nichole
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Kenny King
Gillian Hills ...
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Dave
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Dodo (as Shirley-Anne Field)
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Tony
Claire Gordon ...
Honey
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Plaid Shirt
Michael Kayne ...
Duffle Coat
Anthony Singleton ...
Green Pants
Robert Raglan ...
F.O. Official
Nade Beall ...
Official's Wife
Margot Bryant ...
Martha
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Simon
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Storyline

Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to jazz and rudimentary rock'n'roll. Jenny takes an immediate dislike to her step mother, who is not that much older than she, and goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When Jenny discovers that Nichole is a friend of one of the strippers from the dance hall across the street, she investigates and uses Nichole's sordid past to embarrass her father. Meanwhile Jenny attracts the lecherous eye of Kenny, the owner of the dance hall. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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20 October 1961 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Peter McEnery. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer: You've got to live for the kicks. It's all you've got.
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Soundtracks

It's Legal
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hyam Maccoby
Performed by Shirley Anne Field
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A sexy rebel girl in pre-Beatles England
19 June 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Beat Girl" is a very entertaining exploitation film, but it also has a sociological value - it shows the growing rock scene in pre-Beatles England, as well as the growing youth rebellion. There are many rock songs inspired in the sounds that came across the Atlantic that serve to spice the film up, but above all "Beat Girl" tells the story of Jennifer and her gang and the way she tries to get what she wants. She dares and dares (Jennifer's no chicken), till one day she goes too far...

Jennifer has an understanding father whom she despises, a stepmother that she hates - excepting her gang, her rebellion is against all. Jennifer is sexy, charismatic and cynical, and the camera loves her, it's her film, and Gillian Hills is really something! "Beat Girl" is above all a good exploitation film. It shows scenes that were very daring for the time - Jennifer, the night clubs...

For those that like exploitation films and rock, "Beat Girl" is a real treat.


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