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The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)

Mr. Teas is a door to door salesman for dentists' appliances. Everywhere he goes he encounters beautiful "well-developed" nude women, which of course stir his interest. The only sound in ... See full summary »

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Russ Meyer

Writers:

Edward J. Lakso (narration), Russ Meyer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bill Teas ... Mr. Teas
Ann Peters ... Coffeeshop Waitress
Marilyn Wesley ... Dental Assistant
Michele Roberts Michele Roberts ... Secretary (as Mischele Roberts)
Dawn Danielle Dawn Danielle ... Beach Beauty
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Mr. Teas is a door to door salesman for dentists' appliances. Everywhere he goes he encounters beautiful "well-developed" nude women, which of course stir his interest. The only sound in the film is the voice of a narrator and a very monotonic musical theme played on the clarinet or some similar instrument. Written by Blort

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A Frenchy Comedy for Unashamed Adults!

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steam Heat See more »

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Budget:

$24,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1959
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Pad-Ram Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Was shut down the day of its premiere at a San Diego movie theater. The film was later confiscated by local police. It wasn't shown again until a year later, in 1960, at a theater house in Seattle. See more »

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Meyer's feature debut.
31 January 2004 | by jase-18See all my reviews

This is Russ Meyer's debut 1959 feature, a nudie movie typical of similar films of the time.

For the brief 61 minutes running time, Mr. Teas wanders about his daily business as a dental supplies salesman, ogling improbably-dressed (for the time) receptionists, dental assistants and waitresses without a care that he might get caught (he never does). Amusingly, he usually does this with his pushbike at his side and his clipboard in his hand. Occasionally, he daydreams of more erotic situations where the girls are completely nude (but never seen full frontal of course, this is the fifties). These fantasies begin and end with an overlaid multicoloured swirl and a boingy sound effect.

Seemingly though, he never wants to do more than look and pull silly faces. There is no sex here, Teas never gets to touch any of these girls, undoubtedly due to the limitations of what could be shown in a releasable film of the time. The women pose and undress but do nothing more racy than that.

The pace is very sedate, nothing happens for five minutes at a time, we just see Teas riding his bike or getting the bus. Meyer fans used to the highly pneumatic girls in his later films might find the rather more conventionally-shaped women here disappointing, but they are generally reasonably good looking.

The direction sometimes exhibits Meyer's trademarks, rapid cuts, cleavage close-ups and tilted angles, but is far more conventional than his later work. There is no dialogue here, just a voiceover that pops up from time to time to explain a few extraneous details.

Overall, this is a sweet, meandering movie, a bit like a Jacques Tati film but with less jokes and frequent nudity. The humour comes in patches, sometimes it is intentional, sometimes not. Seeing Teas spying on an undressing lady virtually right in front of her eyes provides some daft laughs.

Watch out for Meyer himself as a patron in a burlesque club, and June Wilkinson in a role which requires nothing more of her to be seen than her naked breasts at a window.

6/10.


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