The Beatniks is a 1960 American film directed by Paul Frees.
Eddy Crane is the leader of a gang that robs small businesses for petty cash. At one point, his gang accosts the broken-down car of a music business executive, Harry Bayliss. Afterward Bayliss wishes to call a tow truck, so he goes into the eatery where Eddy's gang is celebrating. Bayliss overhears Eddy singing to the jukebox and offers him a chance to audition for his variety program. Eddy accepts, passes his audition, and is given a spot on television.
Running Time: 78 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Imagine if those kids from Riverdale High School, (Archie, Jughead, Veronica and two other punks) were juvenile delinquent dropouts in 1958.
Add some 'hep' songs, a mediocre plot, and Paul Frees and you've got this cool little film.
No, it's not about beatniks at all. Real beatniks recite poetry, drink massive amounts of coffee and pop lots of Benzedrine, listen to hard bop or cool jazz...and dig Jack Kerouac.
These cretins rob, steal and verbally abuse any adult that happens to be in the vicinity. Peter Breck is awesome as he totally gets under your skin like a bad reaction to cheap talcum powder. (JD Kay)
CAST & CREW:
Tony Travis as Eddy Crane
Joyce Terry as Helen Tracy
Peter Breck as Bob 'Moon' Mooney
Karen Kadler as Iris
Charles Delaney as Harry Bayliss
Sam Edwards as Red
Bob Wells as Chuck
Stanley Farrar as Mr. Ray Morrissey
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