The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)

63 mins | Comedy | May 1959

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writer:

Russ Meyer

Cinematographer:

Russ Meyer

Production Company:

Pad Productions
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HISTORY

The Immoral Mr. Teas , which has no dialogue, opens with a voice-over narration that precedes the credits and describes the need for the "common man" to experience nature to relieve the stress of modern life. Narration throughout the film describes "Mr. Teas's" initial boredom with his job and follows his encounters with several women, adding humorous asides. For example, in a scene in which a woman plays a guitar, the off-screen narrator adds that men have been "fretting over g-strings" for years. At the close of the film, when Mr. Teas visits a psychiatrist to cure himself of his fantasies of nude women, the psychiatrist appears to him naked. Mr. Teas happily shrugs, while the narrator concludes that "some men just enjoy being sick." Edward J. Lakso's onscreen credit reads: "Narration and Music by Edward J. Lakso" and Russ Meyer's onscreen credit reads: "Direction and Cinematography by Russ Meyer."
       As noted in the Var review, the film was shot in Los Angeles. The Immoral Mr. Teas features footage of several women's bare chests and buttocks; however, as noted in an Oct 1961 Show article, no passion between the characters is displayed. The Nov 1960 issue of Playboy noted that the courts had recently ruled that local censorship was unconstitutional and nudity alone could not be considered obscene. A 2 Nov 1960 Var article added that cinema owner Edward Sevetsky was arrested for showing the film because of its nudity, but was later found not guilty because the film was deemed not obscene.
       A modern biography of Meyer indicates that Meyer and John F. Link served as the ... More Less

The Immoral Mr. Teas , which has no dialogue, opens with a voice-over narration that precedes the credits and describes the need for the "common man" to experience nature to relieve the stress of modern life. Narration throughout the film describes "Mr. Teas's" initial boredom with his job and follows his encounters with several women, adding humorous asides. For example, in a scene in which a woman plays a guitar, the off-screen narrator adds that men have been "fretting over g-strings" for years. At the close of the film, when Mr. Teas visits a psychiatrist to cure himself of his fantasies of nude women, the psychiatrist appears to him naked. Mr. Teas happily shrugs, while the narrator concludes that "some men just enjoy being sick." Edward J. Lakso's onscreen credit reads: "Narration and Music by Edward J. Lakso" and Russ Meyer's onscreen credit reads: "Direction and Cinematography by Russ Meyer."
       As noted in the Var review, the film was shot in Los Angeles. The Immoral Mr. Teas features footage of several women's bare chests and buttocks; however, as noted in an Oct 1961 Show article, no passion between the characters is displayed. The Nov 1960 issue of Playboy noted that the courts had recently ruled that local censorship was unconstitutional and nudity alone could not be considered obscene. A 2 Nov 1960 Var article added that cinema owner Edward Sevetsky was arrested for showing the film because of its nudity, but was later found not guilty because the film was deemed not obscene.
       A modern biography of Meyer indicates that Meyer and John F. Link served as the film's editors, while Ken Parker and Eric "Mick" Nathanson acted as the assistant directors. The biography also adds the following actors to the cast: June Wilkinson ( Torso ), Peter A. DeCenzie ( Burlesque announcer ), G. Ferrus ( Narrator ) and Nathanson and Don Cochran ( Men in burlesque audience ). For more information on Meyer, see the entry above for French Peep Show . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Jul 1960.
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Daily Variety
25 Jan 1960
p. 3.
LAMirror-News
27 Jan 1960.
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Los Angeles Times
26 Jan 1960.
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Playboy
Nov 1960.
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Seattle Daily Times
22 May 1959.
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Show
Oct 1961.
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The Exhibitor
11 May 1960
p. 4703.
Variety
27 Jan 1960
p. 6.
Variety
2 Nov 1960.
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CAST
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Cine
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DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1959
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Seattle, WA: 22 May 1959
Copyright Claimant:
Pad Productions
Copyright Date:
2 January 1959
Copyright Number:
LP13164
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
63
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mr. Bill Teas, a middle-aged denture deliveryman, has a similar routine each day: As he leaves his house, Teas passes a bratty girl twirling a hula hoop then catches the same bus to his office where he changes into an orange work jumpsuit, grabs his brown leather delivery suitcase and bicycles his route. One day when he takes a break at a bar, the bartender’s blouse is unbuttoned enough for Teas to enjoy a glimpse of the woman’s bosom. When Teas returns to the main office at the end of his day, he cannot believe his good fortune when the office secretary’s blouse is also open wide, revealing her cleavage. However, he is soon disappointed when she leaves the office and embraces her lover. Days later, Teas decides to spend some free time at the beach, where he finds a photographer shooting a young woman in a red bikini. Using his own camera, Teas secretly takes photos of the model, who then poses topless. Later, as Teas sits on an old tree stump to fish, he is suddenly joined by the woman in the red bikini, who decides to sunbathe topless. Unable to believe his vision is real, Teas jumps in the pond and swims away in fear. On another workday, during his ride, Teas is distracted by the shadow cast on a wall of a busty woman. On his first delivery, Teas meets the dental assistant, whose uniform is unbuttoned, revealing her busty chest. When he reports that he has a sore tooth, the dentist gives him an anesthesia injection to pull out his tooth. While Teas is in this dream state, he imagines that a nude assistant ... +


Mr. Bill Teas, a middle-aged denture deliveryman, has a similar routine each day: As he leaves his house, Teas passes a bratty girl twirling a hula hoop then catches the same bus to his office where he changes into an orange work jumpsuit, grabs his brown leather delivery suitcase and bicycles his route. One day when he takes a break at a bar, the bartender’s blouse is unbuttoned enough for Teas to enjoy a glimpse of the woman’s bosom. When Teas returns to the main office at the end of his day, he cannot believe his good fortune when the office secretary’s blouse is also open wide, revealing her cleavage. However, he is soon disappointed when she leaves the office and embraces her lover. Days later, Teas decides to spend some free time at the beach, where he finds a photographer shooting a young woman in a red bikini. Using his own camera, Teas secretly takes photos of the model, who then poses topless. Later, as Teas sits on an old tree stump to fish, he is suddenly joined by the woman in the red bikini, who decides to sunbathe topless. Unable to believe his vision is real, Teas jumps in the pond and swims away in fear. On another workday, during his ride, Teas is distracted by the shadow cast on a wall of a busty woman. On his first delivery, Teas meets the dental assistant, whose uniform is unbuttoned, revealing her busty chest. When he reports that he has a sore tooth, the dentist gives him an anesthesia injection to pull out his tooth. While Teas is in this dream state, he imagines that a nude assistant helps the doctor. After he regains consciousness, Teas gets a banana at a fruit stand and spots a nude female torso in window nearby. Continuing his route, Teas is summoned by a buxom young woman who appears to be soliciting him for sex, but after following her up a fire escape, Teas discovers that she wants a job ironing his clothes. Disappointed, Teas returns to the bar where he admires the bartender’s buttocks and fantasizes that she is serving him wearing only a short apron. While delivering more dentures, Teas follows a performer through the back entrance of a burlesque house, where he watches from backstage as a striptease dancer performs for the audience. After being thrown out by a manager, Teas returns to his office where the secretary again wears a low cut blouse. Teas then fantasizes that the secretary is typing his dictation in the nude. Back in reality, Teas, concerned that he might be losing his mind, seeks the help of female psychiatrist Dr. C. P. Floodback, who sends him out after some friendly reassurance. On another day off, Teas goes fishing and, during a nap, fantasizes that the bartender, secretary and dental assistant are all sunbathing in the nude nearby. He eagerly follows them as they sail on the stream, swing from a tire and lounge in a hammock. When he wakes up, Teas moves to another spot hoping to rid himself of the fantasy, but another woman has undressed to go swimming and Teas’s fishing line catches the woman’s clothing as he casts his rod. Returning to the psychiatrist, Teas reiterates his problem, but Floodback also appears to him in the nude. Accepting his fate, Teas shrugs and smiles, enjoying the situation. +

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