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Beat Girl (1960)

Exploitive censor-baiting beatnik drama that attempts to mix the beat generation of the late Fifties with a juvenile-delinquency storyline.

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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 beatnik hangout) the young girl is embarrassed by all the attention friends like musician Dave (Adam Faith) shower upon the stepmother.

As Nichole leaves, a stripper from the nearby Les Girls Club seems to recognise her, which gives Jennifer the opportunity to expose Nichole’s past to her respected father.

Jennifer is curious about the Les Girls strip joint, so one evening sneaks in to question Nichole’s former stripper friend, Greta.

The suavely sinister strip-club owner, Kenny (Christopher Lee), tries to seduce Jennifer but this vexes his jealous former lover.

Veteran Frenchman Edmond T Greville directs this low-budget curio which has dated terribly but is fascinating today partly for the excruciating cool jive talk and the sheer lascivious of its content.

Adam Faith (in his first film appearance) and the John Barry Seven sing five forgettable songs including the title tune.

The film was released in the USA as Wild For Kicks.

Paul Linden
David Farrar
Nichole
Noelle Adam
Kenny
Christopher Lee
Jennifer
Gillian Hills
Dave
Adam Faith
Dodo
Shirley Anne Field
Honey
Claire Gordon
Plaid Shirt
Oliver Reed

Director
Edmond T. Greville