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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

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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Behind the Weird "Way-Out" World of the Beatniks! 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)

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2.35 : 1
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Irish McCalla was offered the lead role, but turned it down because of the violent rape scenes. She took the much smaller role of Marie Baron. See more »

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Meg: I wish I didn't have to make the scene with that plane tonight. I wish I never had to go back East. I wish I wish...
Stan Hess: Hey hey play it cool chick, like play it like cool. You got to go, everybody's got to move. I mean we can't stand still and wait for the next mushroom cloud now you dig.
Meg: Crazy, but as soon as I cut out you'll forget me.
Stan Hess: Oh Meg you're the most, but there's no tomorrow not while the sky grooves radiation gumdrops, man you got to live for kicks, right here and know that's all there ...
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Soundtracks

To the Moon
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Music by Albert Glasser
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One wild ride down the slick road of sleaze ....
13 April 1999 | by cricket-14See all my reviews

Mamie Van Doren is deliciously "pneumatic" as always, a rougher version of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.This film is one of my favorite bad films - and from me that's a compliment!

Juvenile delinquency films were Mamie's forte - check her out in Girls Town and High School Confidential - they have cool casts like this film, bad racy scripts, and Miss Van Doren herself "The Queen of Teen".

In this film we have everything - the lovely Mamie Van Doren, a serial rapist "The Aspirin Kid"(played by Ray Danton), one of my favorite B movie hunks (namely Steve Cochran) in a bathing suit no less, a hula-hooping suburban housewife, and even a very blonde Vampira (!) in a speaking role, reciting some hip Beatnik poetry about parents being a "drag". And the children of (much more talented) famous parents: Charles Chaplin Jr, Jim Mitchum, etc. What more could you ask for in a camp trash late '50s flick?

This film is definitely a must-see for any trash, B movie lover . . . as are most of Mamie Van Doren's late "50's films.


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