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Julie Newmar ... Toy Company Director, a.k.a. "Mother"

Wally Cox ... Clyde King

Victor Buono ... Lyle "Skippy" Ferns

Claire Kelly ... Miss Boota, sculptress

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Miss Honeysuckle (as Angelique Pettijohn)

Thordis Brandt ... Debra Sur

Valora Noland ... Girl Lifting Dress (in flashback) (as Valora Nolan)
Amy Thomson ... Nightclub Waitress (as Amy Thompson)
Viki Ellison
Kathy Wakefield
Barbara Gabrielle
Anne McClain
Joan Harold
Pat Livingston
Karen Teichmann
Peggy Remmington
Dodie Thomson
Alice Cox-Neff (as Alice Cox)
Nancy Landers
Malcolm Smith
Bill Armstrong
Bob Beck
Morse Taylor
Duane Whittaker
Bill Beck

Directed by
Don Joslyn 
Writing credits
Don Joslyn (written by)

Produced by
Andrew Herbert .... associate producer
Don Joslyn .... producer
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Robert Maxwell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Levin  (as John Levins)
Art Direction by
Bud Costello 
Makeup Department
Tony Tierney .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jay O. Lawrence .... production manager (as Jay Lawrence)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Posner .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jan Kopetsky .... production recordist
Sam Kopetzky .... production mixer
Richard P. McCarty .... sound editor
Robert Glenn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Maxwell .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenora Maxwell .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Betty Davis .... negative cutter
John Joyce .... supervising film editor
Ruth Shea .... negative cutter
Other crew
Edward Gruskin .... production consultant
Joan Mesner .... production secretary
Peg Robert Smith .... script girl (as Peggy Smith)
Faith Dane .... thanks
David Orgell .... thanks
Morse Taylor .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Hot Mother" - USA (reissue title)
"Mother" - USA (alternative title)
"The Seduction of a Nerd" - USA (DVD title)
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89 min | USA:76 min (DVD version) (2005 release)
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Valora Noland does not appear in the narrative of the film, just in a brief flashback to Clyde King's childhood.See more »
Skippy:You have been blessed above all others. You're that rare creature who is able to keep her head in a tight spot when the chips are down.See more »
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Featured in Reel Horror (1985)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Catwoman And King Tut Meet Underdog!, 19 June 2014
Author: Mike King from Taunton, MA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Take the Monkees' movie "Head" (1968), "The Love God?" (1969) with Don Knotts, and Russ Meyer's "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" (1970), and put them in a blender. The resulting concoction would resemble "Up Your Teddy Bear" (a/k/a/ "The Seduction Of A Nerd.") Wally Cox stars as Clyde King, a toy designer who lives in a house filled with toys. He also likes to follow beautiful women as they're walking down the street. Mother (Julie Newmar) desperately wants him to work for her toy company. Her morbidly obese son Lyle "Skippy" Ferns (Victor Buono) gets the brilliant idea of having beautiful women seduce Clyde, which would persuade him to go to work for the Mother Knows Best Toy Company. Because Clyde has a Mother fixation, he can't bring himself to work for her company, no matter how beautiful the women tempting him are, including Angelique Pettyjohn. The groovy music for this movie was supplied by the legendary Quincy Jones. Wally Cox's dancing scene at a nightclub was hilarious. The scenes in which Wally was singing were painful to listen to. Victor Buono's scene where he attempts to get into a small compact car was painfully unfunny. Victor's scene where he dressed up in drag as a hooker was strangely reminiscent of Divine in "Pink Flamingos" (1972), and was one of the highlights of this film. Julie Newmar, who didn't appear in the movie nearly enough to satisfy me, was stunningly beautiful. In one of the bonus features, Julie is interviewed, around 35 years after the movie was made. She has high praise for the film and her fellow actors. Not surprisingly, she still looks beautiful!

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