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The Rebel Set (1959)

Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.


Gene Fowler Jr.


Louis Vittes (as Lou Vittes), Bernard Girard

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Palmer ... John Mapes
Kathleen Crowley ... Jeanne Mapes
Edward Platt ... Mr. Tucker / Mr. T
John Lupton ... Ray Miller
Don Sullivan ... George Leland
Vikki Dougan ... Karen, the Waitress
Ned Glass ... Sidney Horner
Robert Shayne ... Lt. Cassidy
Collette Lyons ... Rita Leland
Gene Roth ... Conductor, New York Train
I. Stanford Jolley ... King Invader, Beat Poet (as Norman Jolley)
Barbara Drew Barbara Drew ... Mrs. Packard
Gloria Moreland Gloria Moreland ... Bali Dancer
Robert Nash Robert Nash
Peter Brian Peter Brian


Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Today's BEATNIK Jungle! See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

28 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatsville See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

E. & L. Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the premise of the film has the main characters traveling via train from Southern California to Newark, New Jersey, the film was, in fact filmed entirely in Southern California. In 1959 the Union Pacific Railroad did not offer passenger service east of Chicago. This is apparent during the final chase/fight scene between the two main characters. In the background they are seen running through a rail yard with Southern Pacific and Union Pacific engines. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, when the policemen are boarding the train in Newark, the film has been mirrored, as can be seen by the word "PACIFIC" (as "CIFICAP") on the right side of the door. See more »


[King Invader is reading one of his poems]
King Invader: The brain is missing.
Bored Drunk: It's been missing all night!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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Beatnik-Noir---and not as bad as you'd think.
19 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I would never say that "The Rebel Set" is a good film, it isn't nearly as bad as you'd think. Some time back, the film was lampooned on "Mystery Science Theater 3000"--and because of this it has a reputation as a stinker. This is obvious when you see it has a score of 2.2.--which would indicate it is a 100% terrible film. But, unfortunately, it's not terrible and this rating seems unnecessarily harsh.

The film begins in a beatnik hangout run by a bearded Edward Platt ('Chief' from "Get Smart"). However, his appearing like an old beatnik is a disguise--he's really interested in masterminding a robbery. Using his business, he's learned which patrons are desperate and in need of money--and he approaches them to help him with his caper. Later, aboard a train, the film heats up, as Platt turns out to be a lot nastier than anyone in the gang anticipated. What exactly he does and how the film ends is something I'll leave up to you--it is mildly interesting.

The first half of the film is amazingly dull for a caper film. In fact, being on "MST 3000" you'd think the film was laughably bad, but it's only very slow and a bit amateurish. Fortunately, the second half is a lot better and I actually loved the final showdown. Not at all great but passable entertainment.

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