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Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  September 1965 (USA)
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A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism, trips to the porn ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lawrence Sherman
Norah Dain
Jan Murray ...
Lt. Dave Madden
Marian Freeman
Margot Bennett ...
Edie Sherman
Carlo (as Dan Travanty)
Diane Moore ...
Pam Madden
Frank Campanella ...
Police Captain
Rude Customer
Alex Fisher
Stanley Beck
Casey Townsend ...
Ms. Nielsen


A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism, trips to the porn shop and adult movie palace, and more! A police detective is similarly obsessed with sexual materials, leading him to become personally involved in the case. Written by Steven Rubio <>

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disco | police | detective | voyeurism | busboy | See more »


Why with everybody else - why with every slob ... and not with me?


Crime | Drama


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September 1965 (USA)  »

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After Carlo stabs the rude customer outside the discotheque, he writes in his police statement that the man "made a funny noise." Carlo is completely deaf. See more »


References Love on a Pillow (1962) See more »

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A Masterpiece of Sleaze!
16 July 2001 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

This film is truly a work of art of the highest magnitude and no, I am not kidding. Shot in glorious, high-contrast black-and-white, it reeks of exploitation from the note of the cheesy theme song all the way through the strobe-cut ending and every horn-blaring, high-heeling, hip-grinding moment in between. Sal Mineo plays a busboy obsessed with aspiring actress/club DJ Juliet Prowse (and Prowse is at her foxiest in this one, with her pencil skirts, kitten heels and cat eyes), coming off like a perverted puppy dog.

The obscene phone call bits--all heavy breathing, bulging tighty whiteys and sweat--will make you want to leave the theatre and take a shower. Or, if that isn't nasty enough for you, how about the scene with bulldyke Elaine Stritch fondling Prowse's fur (so to speak), or the retarded kid sister locked in the closet or the policeman obsessively playing audio tapes of various twisted criminal's confessions as his daughter listens wide-eyed from the other side of the door? Or how about the "twist lesson" that brings the film to it's climax (no pun intended)? Another asset of this great piece of cinema are its New York City location shots, especially when Mineo goes walking the city at night, looking for filth in scenes that must've influenced "Taxi Driver" (also love the W.S. Burroughs titles in the window of the "dirty bookshop"). I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. It's not available on video (Curses!), so if it's ever screened at the theater or on TV in your area, be there.

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