Published on Oct 9, 2012
This is a clip from the 1959 movie "The Beat Generation". In this scene, Maila Nurmi recites a Beatnik poem. Ms.Nurmi is much better known as being "Vampira", an early1950s TV horror movie host).
All extraneous material has been removed from this clip, other than the running commentary of two male characters (a pair of police detectives) seated at a table in the audience. One of these guys is Jackie Coogan, who later went on to eternal fame as "Uncle Fester" in The Addams Family TV series of the early-1960s.
The poem is titled "Dear Parents", and was apparently written by Richard Matheson and Lewis Meltzer, since it was part of their screenplay for the movie. Some sources credit Albert Zugsmith as the writer of the poem. However, although he edited a novelization (book version) of the movie, it is based on the screenplay, and the poem in the book is shorter and slightly different.
For anyone interested, here is the full text of the poem, as recited by Maila Nurmi:
Upon a certain birthday, dear parents, we do not thank you
Dear fumbling mother and father, both, upon this miserable occasion
We give you offerings of respectful... Loathing
So dear parents, we laugh in your faceless... Faces
Since you forced us into this world, with your own evil force
Which you painted drab... White
A force called... Marriage!
We too will embrace force, but of our own cool kind
NOW is our time
Through the Beat way of life
A force of kicks, unending kicks
The kicks that destroy... without killing!
Finally, for the truly curious, a nice article about the life of Maila Nurmi ("Vampira") is online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maila_Nurmi - check it out.
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