Saturday, May 10, 2014
CAROLYN HUGHES in THE BEAT GENERATION (1959)
This long forgotten starlet turns up in the opening scene in The Beat Generation, a typical Albert Zugsmith potboiler for the once proud industry leader and now fast-sinking MGM. She plays the tough looking fiancé of Ray Danton's wealthy father, according to the dialogue having dropped Ray after eyeing dad's new Buick. Naturally, as this is a Zugsmith movie, the plot is a hard-driving mess peopled with such time capsule performers as Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Woo Woo Grabowsky, Fay Spain, Steve Cochran and, of course, Vampira. Louis Armstrong and his All Star Band perform the title number during the opening credits. Did we mention the kitchen sink?