On the dark screen the words appear: "A G-String Enterprise." Called Pull My Daisy, the film is written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, the least dreary of the Beat writers. The cast is drawn from the highest level of Beat society; Poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Peter Orlovsky all play themselves. As a result, the first pure-Beat movie gives an authentic impression of beatnik habits and tastes.

"Early morning in the universe," says Narrator Kerouac at the outset, by way of scene setting. On the screen, a beautiful but weary woman opens...

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