Movies – B

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

"The Beach Party gang goes sky diving" When a biker gang kidnaps a singing star called Sugar Kane (Linda Evans), Frankie (Frankie Avalon) sets out to rescue her, provoking the jealousy of Dee Dee (Annette Funicello).   Buster Keaton pays the rent with a walk-on cameo. Released in the UK as Malibu Beach. Frankie Frankie Avalon(...)

Beach Party (1963)

"It's what happens when 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 Beach Blankets!" An anthropologist studying the sex habits of young people finds himself in the middle of a pie-throwing brawl. The first and most famous of the Beach Movies is something of a curiosity for the inclusion of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones who sang the title(...)

Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The (1953)

Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This fearsome experiment disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for more than 100-million years and sends it southward on a destructive, deadly rampage. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a film of firsts. It spawned a new era of atomic-age creature features,(...)

Beast, The (1975)

The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious beast is stalking them.   (...)

Beat Generation, The (1959)

Any similarity between this Al Zugsmith tale and the artists/beatniks of the 1950s is purely coincidental. A psycho spends his time raping chicks until the cops catch on and track him down. The raunchy sets, lurid plot and jive talk make the whole thing eminently palatable though, and Mamie Van Doren is there to keep(...)

Beat Girl (1960)

Exploitive censor-baiting beatnik drama that attempts to mix the beat generation of the late Fifties with a juvenile-delinquency storyline. Stars the lovely Gillian Hills - also seen in Blow Up (1966) - as Jennifer, a rebellious teenager who is jealous of her gorgeous new French stepmother, Nichole. When Nichole shows up at the Off-Beat cafe (Jennifer’s favourite(...)

Beat Street (1984)

Although it trades in such 1980s phenomena as breakdancing, rapping and graffiti, this exploitative teen pic proves only that the "puttin' on a show" formula has changed little since the days of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Director Stan Lathan doggedly attempts to depict the degradation in which many inner-city black Americans are forced to(...)

Beat The Devil (1953)

Easily one of the most irreverent, tongue-in-cheek movies made under Hollywood auspices, Beat The Devil stands out for many reasons. First, the amount and level of talent involved here is truly extraordinary. John Huston directs from a witty, bitter script on which he collaborated with none other than Truman Capote. Cinematographer Oswald Morris was assisted by future(...)

Beatniks, The (1960)

Eddie Crane (Tony Travis), a young gang leader, is given the chance of a TV singing career. But a vicious killer in the gang thinks otherwise and star ambitions have to be sacrificed to deal with him. This was the first and only directorial effort from famous voice actor Paul Frees Eddie Crane Tony Travis(...)

Because of the Cats (1973)

A 1973 Dutch-Belgian drama about a police inspector (Bryan Marshall) who investigates the activities of a group of young people (six men and six women) who, believing that society is rotten set about to destroy it by breaking into luxurious flats and houses and destroying everything in them. The six wealthy, well-dressed and well-spoken hoodlums(...)

Because They’re Young (1960)

The theme tune of this movie is simply magnificent, played by twangy-guitar ace Duane Eddy, and it rightly outlived this little Columbia teenage angst flick. A cameo was written into the film for Eddy, but he's most prominent miming the melody of this otherwise string-drenched tune solely on the bass strings of his guitar in(...)

Bed Sitting Room, The (1969)

The adapted play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus serves as an ideal springboard for this offbeat anti-war film by Richard Lester which, miraculously, manages to convey its grim message with surreal humour. The episodic sketches offer glimpses and comments of the 20-odd holocaust survivors of a London shredded by a World War III A-bomb(...)

Bedazzled (1967)

The legend of Faust provided the inspiration for this charming fantasy about Stanley Moon, a short-order cook (Dudley Moore) who is prevented from killing himself for love of Margaret the waitress (Eleanor Bron) by the Devil, in the form of a Mr Spiggott (Peter Cook), and given seven wishes in return for his soul. Should(...)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Below-par Walt Disney musical about a good-natured witch, played by Lansbury, and some children who help the British war effort in the early 1940's. The film seems disorganised, despite the elaborate production, and is pale compared with the popular Mary Poppins (1964), which it tries to imitate - Both were period pieces set in London, both involved(...)

Bedtime For Bonzo (1951)

Future US president Ronald Reagan starred as Professor Peter Boyd, who becomes a surrogate parent to a chimpanzee named Bonzo. Disregard the political angle and what's left is a charming family film featuring a typically good-natured performance from Reagan. The sequel, Bonzo Goes To College (1952), is also worth a look. Ronald Reagan Diana Lynn Walter(...)

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