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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.

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In-joke: Ray Danton, playing a serial rapist, finds one of his victims by seeing her street address on an envelope. The street is named Danton. See more »

Quotes

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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To the Moon
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Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Music by Albert Glasser
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Awful Masterpiece of Weirdness
8 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Beat Generation (1959)

** (out of 4)

It's not often where I come across a movie and I'm not certain if I should call it a masterpiece for what it is or call it one of the worst films ever made. The story has a woman-hating detective (Steve Cochran) trying to track down a serial rapist (Ray Danton). A twist in the story is that the rapist raped the detective's wife who is now pregnant. THE BEAT GENERATION starts off fairly decent as it tackled some issues that weren't normally talked about in 1959 but then it just keeps getting weirder and weirder and in the end we're left with a complete mess of a film but at the same time it's an original mess. For the life of me I couldn't help but feel that this 95-minute movie was over three hours because of its slow pace and the fact that so much is going on. Not only do you have the investigation into the rape but you also follow the rapist and his friend (Jim Mitchum) as they try to plan more attacks, which leads to the friend falling for one of the attempted victims (Mamie Van Doren)!!! Even stranger is a subplot dealing with the raped wife who now wants to have an abortion. Throw in the detective/husband who is rather obsessive and hates women just like the rapist! Oh yeah, there's also the entire stuff dealing with the "beat generation," which includes an ending with a hootenanny. The rape scenes are handled with some class as we never really see anything but we do here the women scream in terror. The ending, which I won't spoil, is just downright crazy as none of it makes too much sense but then again, nothing that comes before it does either. The cast features a pretty good performance by Cochran and Fay Spain as his wife. Jackie Coogan appears as his partner and we get small performances from Louis Armstrong, Vampira, Max Rosenbloom, Ray Anthony and Cathy Crosby. And yes, Jim Mitchum is the son of screen legend Robert Mitchum. Believe it or not, Mamie Van Doren is actually given a real role here and she too turns in a good performance. THE BEAT GENERATION is a complete mess of a film but at the same time it's very original and somewhat daring for its time.


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