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YOUNG BRITISH BLONDE BEAUTY GILLIAN HILLS AS 'BEAT GIRL'

Groovy jazz-soaked title sequence with Gillian Hills as BEAT GIRL Year: 1960
BEAT GIRL is like two movies in one, and both are pretty great with the insanely gorgeous Gillian Hills, a hybrid of Sue Lyon's LOLITA and Diane Lane in RUMBLE FISH: All three looking dynamic in B&W while this more obscure gem centers on teenagers wild about the Stateside "hopeless and soapless" Beatnik movement, grooving to the jazz score of composer John Barry (featuring his live John Barry Seven)...

And when the wayward/lackadaisical youngsters aren't hanging-out, the main plot centers solely on Gillian's Jennifer Linden, a rich spoiled brat of sixteen (her real age), who unfairly loathes her architect father David Farrar's new wife (Noelle Adam), a pretty yet earthy, twenty-something French girl — with a past...
Gillian Hills with Christopher Lee in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS Rating: ****1/2
A fitfully cliché "stubborn/reluctant kid hating her new stepmom" device has Jennifer investigating a particular location seedier than even those darkened java joints (one in an actual cave and the other the usual Beat "coffee bar")...

Enter vulture-like strip-club owner Christopher Lee, setting his sites on the jailbait teen right away ("why waste a good figure?"): but she's too busy getting revenge on daddy's trophy wife to care about this pointed, creepy seduction... 
Life is a snap for poor little rich girl Jennifer played by Gillian Hills 
Yet it's not all tricks and talk with a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE "chicken" race involving a young Oliver Reed (who hangs and dances at the same club) vs our starlet and her friends: a gorgeous Shirley Anne Field (linked to lanky and boozing Peter McEnery), who in real life was lusted after by Elvis-like British pop charter Adam Faith, holding his guitar to conveniently insert random tunes...

In what often plays out like one of those semi-musical teen angst flicks sans expository plot-moving songs, or cliche gang-jackets and fist fights, BEAT GIRL is the epitome of teen-exploitation including partial nudity that involves auditioning Claire Gordon and especially real life exotic dancer Pascaline...
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS with Oliver Reed
Countered by hardened and experienced club manager Delphi Lawrence as a smoky-voiced femme fatale stripper representing the darker side of what's alternately titled WILD FOR KICKS, all seeming an excuse to introduce and/or exploit intoxicating blonde-haired, full-lipped beauty Hills...

An underage starlet and singer, whose "Zou Bisou Bisou" was famously covered in MAD MEN (and "Tut Tut Tut Tut" in QUEEN'S GAMBIT). And who, alas, Stanley Kubrick would mostly obscure facially, speeding up the William Tell-blaring CLOCKWORK ORANGE ménage à trois scene where she's one of the two ice-cream licking record store girls: Then again, a clearer look at Gillan would've been a major distraction: She'd have cured Alex, all right, and right away at that!
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
 Margot Bryant with Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Noëlle Adam in BEAT GIRL with Gillian Hills
Shirley Anne Field in BEAT GIRL
Adam Faith in BEAT GIRL
Adam Faith, Shirley Ann Field in BEAT GIRLwith Gillian Hills
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS w/ Christopher Lee
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS w/ David Farrar
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS w/ Adam Faith
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS w/ Oliver Reed
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Noëlle Adam in BEAT GIRL
Gorga beauty CLAIRE GORDON as a would-be stripper in BEAT GIRL
Noëlle Adam visits reluctant step-daughter Gillian Hills as BEAT GIRL
BEAT GIRL star Gillian Hills with Noëlle Adam and David Farrar, who resembles...
Christopher Lee as a strip-club owner eyeing Gillian Hills as BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Real life exotic dancer Pascaline in BEAT GIRL
Claire Gordon gives it a try for an occupation in BEAT GIRL
Christopher Lee with stripper-moll Delphi Lawrence in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Oliver Reed channels Marlon Brando in BEAT GIRL
Oliver Reed as Plaid Shirt in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Oliver Reed causes a Marilyn Monroe skirt-breeze in BEAT GIRL
David Farrar and Noelle Adam search for BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills and Christopher Lee in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
David Farrar and Noelle Adam search for BEAT GIRL
Liken to a Noir film is the gorgeous Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL
Noëlle Adam in BEAT GIRL with Gillian Hills
Delphi Lawrence in BEAT GIRL with Gillian Hills
Gillan Hills and her BEAT GIRL record player because she's WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills and her BEAT GIRL record player because she's WILD FOR KICKS
Hot sexy Konga starlet Claire Gordon in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Gillian Hills is Jennifer Linden in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
Oliver Reed in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills and Shirley Anne Field in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills and Claire Gordon getting picked up by Malcolm McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
Gillian Hills and Claire Gordon w/ Malcolm McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
Family maid Margot Bryant scolding a bratty BEAT GIRL Gillians Hills
The gang Peter McEnery, Shirley Anne Field, Adam Faith and Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL
Oliver Reed scolded by Adam Faith in Beat Girl with Gillian Hills & Peter McEnery
Gillian Hills shows attitude in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills and for eye-candy's sake Claire Gordon from a BEAT GIRL poster
Speaking of CLAIRE GORDON here she is in BEAT GIRL with Nigel Green
Christopher Lee and Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL
Adam Faith, Shirley Ann Field, Gillian Hills & Peter McEnery in BEAT GIRL
Gillian Hills as Jennifer in BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS
David Farrar and Gillian Hills in BEAT GIRL
Adam Faith, Shirley Ann Field & Peter McEnery in BEAT GIRL
Carol White in BEAT GIRL aka Wild for Kicks
Carol White in BEAT GIRL aka Wild for Kicks
Carol White in BEAT GIRL aka Wild for Kicks

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