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The Beatniks (1960)

| Crime | 1960 (USA)
A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Travis Tony Travis ... Eddy Crane
Karen Kadler Karen Kadler ... Iris
Peter Breck ... Mooney
Joyce Terry Joyce Terry ... Helen Tracy
Bob Wells ... Chuck
Sam Edwards ... Red
Charles Delaney ... Bayliss
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ... Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ... Hotel Manager
Martha Wentworth ... Nadine
Frank Worth Frank Worth ... Bartender
Bob Pacquin Bob Pacquin ... Hotel Detective
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Storyline

Eddie Crane is on his way to becoming a top recording star...if he can only break away from his lawless beatnik friends who are his only companions. Trouble ensues when his friends kill a bartender during a botched hold-up. Written by Chris Cuomo

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A PULSATING STORY OF MODERN YOUTH See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sideburns and Sympathy See more »

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Glenville See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the gang returns to the hotel after Eddie attempts to contact Helen at her apartment, the boom mic is visible in the hotel room. See more »

Quotes

[the nebbish hotel manager, complaining about the gang's behavior, gets mocked for his trouble]
The Hotel Manager: Whyyyy, you young hoodlums, I'll call the police!
Bob 'Moon' Mooney: You say one word to anyone and I'm gonna *moon* you.
The Hotel Manager: You're gonna what?
Bob 'Moon' Mooney: MOON YOU!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) See more »

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WARNING!! There are no Beatniks in this Movie
3 April 2006 | by kilgore2345See all my reviews

This is my largest complaint; no Beatnik culture, no snapping fingers and performance poetry, marijuana, not even the stereotypical black clothes and sunglasses -- how can you get that part wrong? Instead the "Beatniks" are mostly your typical 50s squares and range to a geek-greaser (Mooney) and the lone woman in the group, think of a "Grease" Frenchy-Rizzo mix.

Since, the majority of the plot of this movie revolves around Eddie's musical ability the audience gets plenty of solo performances. The music is fine for a low budget movie like "Beatniks", nothing you will remember past the end credits. Again, even when Eddie was a "Beatnik" he wasn't singing Beatnik music, more like Mel Torme-like crooning.

Other glaring mistakes in this movie is the continuity (see the GOOFS section) and the character of Moon is just ridiculous, with a catch phrase that will live on forever (I'm gonna MOON ya'!). The Eddie character is a little annoying in his inconsistency -- is he a goon with a heart of gold or just a jerk? All in all this is a very, very bad movie.


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