Pull My Daisy (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pull My Daisy (1959)





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This half-hour, black-and-white short film features narration written and performed by author Jack Kerouac. The film presents an affectionate portrait of beat culture at its height through the jazzy retelling of a long, rambling evening filled with literary improvisation, philosophical discussions, and playfully foolish behavior.


David Amram
as Mezz McGillicuddy
Jack Kerouac
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Pull My Daisy

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

There's no story to speak of, and, in fact, there's no dialogue: the hilarity emerges from the way Kerouac's non-stop voice-over narration gives breezy comic ripples to seemingly spontaneous shenanigans.

August 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pull My Daisy

This grungy short really isn't so wonderful, beyond the intrigue of seeing the young Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso kicking back in an informal setting. The bulk of the film (it's about 27 minutes) involves the unlikely visit of a bishop to a squalid apartment, and the poets jabbing at him with playful, subversive questions. There's a lot of banter about what is "holy." Jack Kerouac narrates, often dubbing the words of the onscreen cast. Note: The host's wife is credited as "Beltiane," but this is actually an early appearance of international star Delphine Seyrig.

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