Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to jazz and rudimentary rock'n'roll. Jenny takes an immediate dislike to her step mother, who is not that much older than she, and goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When Jenny discovers that Nichole is a friend of one of the strippers from the dance hall across the street, she investigates and uses Nichole's sordid past to embarrass her father. Meanwhile Jenny attracts the lecherous eye of Kenny, the owner of the dance hall.
David Farrar (Paul Linden), Noëlle Adam (Nichole (as Noelle Adam)), Christopher Lee (Kenny), Gillian Hills (Jennifer Linden), Adam Faith (Dave), Shirley Anne Field (Dodo (as Shirley-Ann Field)), Peter McEnery (Tony), Claire Gordon (Honey), Oliver Reed (Plaid Shirt), Michael Kayne (Duffle Coat), Anthony Singleton (Green Pants), Robert Raglan (F.O. Official), Nade Beall (Official's Wife), Margot Bryant (Martha), Nigel Green (Simon), Norman Mitchell (Club Doorman), Pascaline (Exotic Strip Dancer), Christina Curry (uncredited), Diane D'Orsay (Blonde Strip Dancer (uncredited)), Rodney Dines (Teenager (uncredited)), Delphi Lawrence (Greta (uncredited)), John Tatum (Policeman Outside Cafe (uncredited)), Reg Thomason (Man Outside Strip Club (uncredited)), Carol White (Girl at The Off-Beat Café (uncredited))
Dail Ambler (story and screenplay)
George Willoughby (producer)
Once upon a time, Channel 9 in New York featured the Million DollarMovie, which ran one movie all day long for a full day, a programming technique that has been copied by modern cable and satellite TV's in their endless repeats of movies and shows.
But in the early 70's, before the invention of the VCR, Channel 9 was a film student's dream in that he or she could watch a movie over and over for one day and really study it.
Beat Girl arrived on Channel 9, a few years after its run in British and, presumably, American theaters. I watched about eight hours of Beat Girl, in the generous, endless loop provided by Channel 9. This movie fascinated the 13-yr.-old me who had never encountered such rebellion and hostility on the part of a school-aged daughter towards her father, who has returned from a trip with a step mother for whom the daughter is unprepared.
At 13, rebellious, unhappy, and edgy, I needed a "bad-girl" paradigm, and this movie supplied me with her. I loved the heroine and despised anyone who would stand in her way. She left such an impression on me that I have been fascinated by "bad girls" ever since.
However, the film is so bad -- or good, depending on your point of view of gritty, early 60s "To Sir, With Love" England -- that you might want to stick around to see what happens to this sullen chick who's accompanied by some stoner boys to some bad jazz music. Or not: this is one low budget film with fairly terrible acting but there is a gritty earnestness to this film.
Look for Oliver Reed, John McHenery, and Adam Faith in secondary roles. As in all of 50/60 flicks. look for a moral -- but look for the moments of rebellion, too. And dig that crazy music.
Beat Girl ((original title); UK) • De aanlokster (Belgium (Flemish title)) • L'aguicheuse (Belgium (French title)) • Scotland Yard enquête sur les party girls (Belgium (French title)) • Garota Existencialista (Brazil) • Paha tyttö (Finland) • Koritsia ton amartolon pothon (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Ragazza beat (Italy (festival title)) • Hänsynslös ungdom (Sweden) • Wild for Kicks (USA)
Willoughby Film Productions (as A George Willoughby Production)
stripper, jazz, beatnik, letter opener, face slapping, party, chicken, street racing, kensington england, reminiscence, flask, gin, rock 'n' roll, candle, vamp, strip club, coffee bar, stepdaughter, reference to dave brubeck, young wife, jukebox, striptease, murder, teenager, delinquent, independent film
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