- The Immoral Mr. Teas
name = The Immoral Mr. Teas
caption = Theatrical poster to "The Immoral Mr. Teas"
producer = Peter A. DeCenzie
starring =Bill Teas
music = Edward J. Lakso
cinematography = Russ Meyer
editing = Russ Meyer
John F. Link Sr. (uncredited)
runtime = 63 minutes
amg_id = 1:70178
imdb_id = 0052920
"The Immoral Mr. Teas" (1959) is the first commercially successful film of director
Tagline: "A Frenchy Comedy for Unashamed Adults!"
The name "Teas" is of course a homophone of the word "
tease", and one of the meanings of tease includes to sexually excite another person by subtle means, usually explicitly avoiding advancement to more potentially consequential erotic situations. The title character is played by Meyer's army buddy, Bill Teas, whose homophonic name Meyer happily exploits.
Before this film was released, the only moving pictures exhibiting extensive nudity were either underground (covertly produced and distributed) pornographic films, typically distributed "under the counter" in 16 mm black and white movies, or
naturistpictures, openly displayed in specialized movie theaters, usually under the cover of exhibiting the fun and freedom of nudism in naturist reserves (nudist camps).
"The Immoral Mr. Teas" was the first American "above ground" movie since the pre-Code early sound era to show female nudity without the pretext of naturism. It is considered to be the first commercially viable American "skin flick" and popularized the
nudie cutiegenre. This movie exhibited a wry humor and an admirable respect for and appreciation of the beauty of the female form—comparable to that of sculptors and painters throughout the ages.
The movie consists of a series of short scenes. In a sense, no one is "actually" naked; we only see the nudity through the viewpoint and "vivid imagination" of Mr. Teas. Mr. Teas' mental constructions extend beyond the nudity (always exclusively of female characters)—there is an underlying surrealism in Mr. Teas' imagination that results in a number of genuinely bizarre situations.
It is arguable that the nudity seen in "The Immoral Mr. Teas" is now considered completely unremarkable by modern Hollywood R-rated movie standards.
A typical scene
Mr. Teas attends an appointment with his
dentist, who must perform an extraction of a molar. Naturally, the dentist has an assistant—a stunningly beautiful and not-quite modestly dressed assistant. The application of analgesics appropriate to the procedure quickly releases Mr. Teas' fertile imagination, and we see the scene through this viewpoint. Rather than the typical equipment–cluttered dental office we are on a set—only a dentist, a dental chair, Mr. Teas, and the assistant are present—against a stark and simple background. Only now the assistant is completely nude. As the procedure is completed the dentist removes the molar from Mr. Teas' mouth—but rather than only a small object in the extraction pliers the molar has the appearance of a single large staghorn ( deer antler) with a number of points. The body of the "molar" is white, while each tip (representing the roots of the molar) is colored a bloody red. Mr. Teas has paid a price for his lustful imagination.
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