Daddy-O (1958) with a Wild Rebels (1967) bent. Outcasts rob businesses for spending cash and thrills before one of them turns singing sensation. Infighting, a change of heart, and a message fall from the sky as our hero sacrifices and it all works out. Kind of. Dancing, singing, delinquency, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve? Rock Paper Scissors, Good Luck Troll Costumes, Pocket Pool, More General Hospital, Beatniks, Slumber Party, 50s Rock Star, Rampage. “Hey it’s Daddy-O”, “Dad. Are we there yet?”, “Ed Wood!” “Let’s do some crimes!” or “Let that be a lesson to you”?
This upper echelon MST3K in my book, General Hospital short and all. Those musical crime caper episodes like Untamed Youth,Catalina Caper,Daddy-O (which I’m so glad you mentioned here as a parallel, by the bye), I Accuse My Parents,Girls Town, and to a somewhat more lenient extent, Teen-Age Strangler, are tops in my book. Love them.
To cut to the chase, that General Hospital short is the sole factor that keeps The Beatniks from being out-and-out god-tier.
It’s not a BAD short, but it’s not exceptional. Just kinda sorta somewhat there, where all three GH shorts more or less blend together into a big ol’ soap opera gruel where all the parts are pretty much indistinguishable from each other. They’re overall good, but not reaching stellar heights.
Still, all the booze jokes near the end are a hit.