This is a tense hostage melodrama set in a bar where a new singer is auditioning. Dick Miller stars as Shorty, a much-maligned hanger-on at the Cloud Nine tavern. Shorty's hotheaded pugnaciousness comes in handy when a pair of gunmen played by Russell Johnson, ("The Professor" on Gilligan's Island) and Jonathan Haze invade the Cloud Nine and take the patrons hostage to hold off the police. Mel Welles, who later played the flower-store proprietor in Little Shop of Horrors, is a riot as a hip-talking showbiz agent. Also on hand is Abby Dalton, the soon-to-be star of Corman's Viking Women and the Sea Serpent. The film's musical interludes are provided by The Platters and The Blockbusters.