Film Review: The Rebel Set (1959)

Also known as: Beatsville (Sweden)
Release Date: June 28th, 1959
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Written by: Bernard Girard, Louis Vittes
Music by: Paul Dunlap
Cast: Gregg Palmer, Kathleen Crowley, Edward Platt, John Lupton, Ned Glass, Collette Lyons

E. & L. Productions, Allied Artists, 72 Minutes


“Stew oceans of lotion on the beards of each man!” – King Invader

Other than the underappreciated Bucket of Blood, I’ve never seen a beatnik movie that I’ve liked. Maybe they all need the magic touch of Roger Corman and the acting chops of Dick Miller.

Well, since The Rebel Set has neither, it’s pretty much just mundane and drab schlock deserving of being lambasted on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The plot sees the owner of a beatnik coffee shop hire three of his patrons to rob an armored car. The plot is overly complicated but also dumb. This is a bad heist movie and even though it’s a late ’50s crime picture, it’s nowhere near good enough or stylish enough to fit within the classic film-noir genre.

The acting is well below sub par. The script is terrible, the direction is also terrible and it’s an ugly movie to look at.

Frankly, this is a waste of time unless you’re an MST3K completist and haven’t seen it yet.

Beatnik pictures were a thing for some reason though. None of them are particularly good, especially those that were featured on MST3K. And as far as Beatniks go, they were only enjoyable when Roger Corman parodied their culture in Bucket of Blood or when Don Draper cucked them out in Mad Men.

Rating: 2.5/10
Pairs well with: other beatnik movies, most of which are about the same quality as this one.

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