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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Georgia Altera: Would you rather be dead with him or alive with me?
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Connections

Featured in Vampira and Me (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Bust Me Daddy-O
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Lewis Meltzer
Music by Albert Glasser
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Very uneven, but has some interesting aspects
4 July 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Like a few others have already stated in these user comments, it's kind of surprising that the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio of 1959 would get involved in a movie with a number of trashy elements. The movie has a number of flaws as well. The musical numbers seem out of place for a serious story, and there is also comedy relief that seems out of place. The movie is stretched out to the breaking point when a more compact telling was obviously needed. And the character of the rapist isn't really explored that well.

Still, there are some interesting things to be found here. The movie explores some topics like rape and abortion with effectiveness that even more than 50 years later still seems a little daring. Also, Ray Danton, despite a weakly written character, acts in a really slimy way that makes him an effective villain. While this material isn't enough to make the movie worth searching for, if it happens to come on your TV, people interested in 50s movie exploitation that was done while still hampered by a production code may find the movie of some interest.


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