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The Beat Generation (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 3 July 1959 (USA)
A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director:

Charles F. Haas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Cochran ... Dave Culloran
Mamie Van Doren ... Georgia Altera
Ray Danton ... Stan Hess
Fay Spain ... Francee Culloran
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
Margaret Hayes ... Joyce Greenfield (as Maggie Hayes)
Jackie Coogan ... Jake Baron
James Mitchum ... Art Jester (as Jim Mitchum)
Cathy Crosby ... The Singer
Ray Anthony ... Harry Altera
Dick Contino Dick Contino ... Singing Beatnik
Irish McCalla ... Marie Baron
Maila Nurmi ... The Poetess (as Vampira)
Billy Daniels ... Dr. Elcott
Maxie Rosenbloom ... The Wrestling Beatnik
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Soon after, we learn that Hess is a serial rapist at large in Los Angeles. His modus operandi is to gain entry to the home of a married woman whose husband is away by pretending to be there to repay money loaned by the husband. Once inside, he feigns a headache, pulls out a tin of aspirin, and asks the woman for water. While she is distracted by this errand, he sneaks up behinds her, and then assaults and rapes her. He leaves the tin of aspirin behind as his calling card, leading the police to call him "The Aspirin Kid." Leaving the scene of the first assault portrayed in the film, he is nearly hit by a car. The driver, who is a police detective named Culloran (Steve Cochran), gives him a lift, and the two engage in conversation. The rapist calls himself Arthur Garret, and as the two talk, he learns that Culloran is married, and sees his address on an envelope on the car seat. After getting out of Culloran's car, he writes down the name and address, and the word "married," ... Written by Watch_Movies

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The wild, weird, world of the Beatniks! ...Sullen rebels, defiant chicks...searching for a life of their own! The pads...the jazz...the dives... those frantic "way-out" parties... beyond belief! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Rebel Age See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Audience members were given free "beatnik dictionaries", which humorously defined "beat" terms and catch-phrases. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Altera: Would you rather be dead with him or alive with me?
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Connections

Featured in Vampira and Me (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday You'll Be Sorry
Written by Louis Armstrong
Performed by Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars
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Precursor to A Clockwork Orange
15 April 2002 | by jim4glSee all my reviews

Set in the late fifties, this is a tale of misguided youths, music, sex, crime, beer and police. There's a crafty script with modern dialogue and social statements. The beatniks make for a easy frame and alibi for a psychotic rapist hell bent on revenge to all women and square father-like men.

Here's the catch, some parts of the film are very campy and gimmicky, but the writing is very good, and intelligent. Mattheson wrote this, not his usual Horror like I Am Legend, Hell House, or Stir Of Echoes. In fact, Jack Kerouac the Beat writer was quite dismayed at the use of the title in a negative way.

Behind the facade of crime there is a real police story and the inner-conflict between the cops, criminals, and victims are portrayed. Beautiful women both submissive and dominant mask the ugliness of both male characters cop and criminal. At the end we are not sure which side wins out. Beat Generation?


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