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Off Beat Radio
Joe Hall and the Corvettes
“Bongo Beatin’ Beatnik” (1959)
February 3rd
February 3rd
The hepcats kick off Black History Month with this 1947 classic. Bandleader Cab Calloway is tiring of his girlfriend Minnie, who in turn is jealous of Cab's manager Nettie. When Nettie gets Cab a job at the Brass Hat Club, Minnie retaliates for his imagined infidelity by setting gangster Boss Mason, owner of a rival club, against him. Will she regret the action before it is too late?

Lots of java jive and cinema swing as “Zelda” introduces this movie from the historic Buffalo landmark, the Colored Musicians Club.

February 10th
February 10th
The beatniks celebrate one swinging cat, Frank Sinatra when they screen this 1954 classic also starring Sterling Hayden. Frank terrorizes a town as an assassin looking to take down the President in small town USA. This one is “coo-coo” baby as we also check out some rare Sinatra concert footage from his 50's TV shows!
February 17th
February 17th
Teresa Graves stars in this made for TV movie as an undercover detective who leaves the mean streets of New York to break up a drug ring...one catch phrase at a time.
Feb. 24th (NEW)
Feb. 24th (NEW)
This Roger Corman inspired epic is also known as “Blood Bath” - directed by Jack Hill. This flick stars William Cambell and Linda Saunders. A delusional painter in Venice Beach, California who believes himself to be the re-incarnation of a vampire begins to kidnap local women for his art pieces. Will beatnik “Bird” be able to crack the case?

Bird, Zelda and Theodore

ABOUT OBC

Off Beat Cinema is a two-hour hosted movie show that airs on television stations throughout North America on the retroTV Network along with a series of independent stations. Off Beat Cinema promises to show you “the movies that must be shown” – the good, the bad and the foreign (in their original languages, of course!)

Off Beat Cinema began on October 31, 1993 as a diversion from the flood of late night infomercials that seemed to consume the available airwaves of television’s last cool frontier: late night! Once a hip haven for insomniacs, second shifters, beatniks and kids who would sneak back to the TV when their parents were solidly in dreamland, late night television had become a vast wasteland of hucksters hawking everything from cooling systems to spray-on hair in a can.

The Hungry EarThe show is filmed in the Hungry Ear Coffee House, a whacked-out poetry basement located somewhere in downtown Buffalo, NY. The Hungry Ear Coffee House is a mad pad, Dad… and the kind of place where Boris Karloff could sit with Ed Wood and discuss the transcendence of the ego and how that applies to Moe Howard getting a cream pie in the face. A comfortable pad where former Beatle Pete Best could sit with the Goo Goo Dolls and discuss the merits of 3D giant insect fear films. I think you get the picture…

The beatniks also like to take the show on the road with gigs at Canalside or at far-out locations like Hot Mama’s Canteen! Check out the fun in the portfolio section.