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Wild for Kicks (1960)
"Beat Girl" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  20 October 1961 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Paul Linden
Noëlle Adam ...
Kenny King
Gillian Hills ...
Adam Faith ...
Shirley Anne Field ...
Dodo (as Shirley-Anne Field)
Peter McEnery ...
Claire Gordon ...
Plaid Shirt
Michael Kayne ...
Duffle Coat
Anthony Singleton ...
Green Pants
Robert Raglan ...
F.O. Official
Nade Beall ...
Official's Wife
Margot Bryant ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Cinema film debut of Peter McEnery. See more »


Paul Linden: Why can't you sit up properly?
Jennifer: I like floors!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


I Did What You Told Me
Music by John Barry
Lyrics By Trevor Peacock
Performed by Adam Faith
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Not as campy as it seems
10 January 2000 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

I was a bit disappointed by this film. Some may see the young star as bravely standing up against the cruel older generation, but personally I just found her annoying.

One previous review talks about how her father was completely unable to accept his wife having been a stripper. His initial inability to accept this is only a brief passing stage, and he does accept his wife. After this scene they both work

together to find his daughter, who is allowing herself to be seduced by a sleazy strip-joint owner (Christopher Lee acting extremely well).

My main disappointment with this film is that it isn't as laughable as the cover suggests. There is a small amount of risible dialog, but not enough.

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