THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS (1959)
Article #1544 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-6-2005
Posting Date: 11-3-2005
Directed by Russ Meyer
Featuring Bill Teas, Ann Peters, Marilyn Wesley
After finding himself tempted by several sexy women during his job, an everyman character begins to fantasize about seeing them naked.
I’m going to reiterate at this point that my criteria for picking these movies is based on their inclusion in books that claim to be covering the genres of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. This movie is listed in John Stanley’s “Creature Features Strike Back”, and the blurb claims the the Mr. Teas of the title takes a drug that allows him to see through clothing. I’m afraid Mr. Stanley and I haven’t seen the same movie. Mr. Teas takes no such drug; he merely fantasizes, and that really isn’t the same thing. Those drawn to the movie under the belief that there’s a fantastic theme here are advised to pass this one by.
Still, I do feel compelled to say that this is the best nudie I’ve seen to date. Granted, I’ve seen very few, and I really have no intention on becoming an expert on them, so take that for what you will. It is also the first Russ Meyer movie I’ve seen, and though this is considered a lesser work of his, I can see his appeal beyond just the ogling factor. The fact of the matter is that there is a wicked sense of humor at play here. He seems to be taking a bit of a satirical jab at those who would watch the movie, but would make some excuses for doing so. While watching three nubile young beauties romping around in the water without a shred of clothing, the narrator talks endlessly about things like the history of bathing, which was considered unhealthy at one point in history. Also consider that many of the times when Mr. Teas fantasizes about seeing women naked, he also fantasizes himself not paying attention to the fact that they’re naked, which is a fairly witty broadside at a certain type of hypocrisy. Let’s face it; there is something to be said for a director that can actually make a nudie interesting.