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½ June 2, 2014
Worth a look simply due to the facts that this was Russ Meyer's first feature, and that it was the first ever "nudie cutie" (films popular in the early to mid 1960s, containing an abundance of female skin but absolutely zero sexual contact). This is a mostly harmless and benign movie, although Meyer's trademark chauvinism does shine through even this early on in his career (but how can any nudie film avoid being at least a little bit chauvinistic, even from the concept alone?). As for the audio, there is no spoken dialog from the actors. There is only the standard jazzy musical fare and narration so vague it could be from a vintage agricultural documentary. You could watch this at full volume on a massive sound system, and anybody who could hear it would have no idea you were watching naked ladies. The humor is very mildly amusing, the only physical laugh I gave was due to a line about a guitar, near the tail end (thank you, folks) of the movie. But after all is said and done, there are far more entertaining Russ Meyer flicks out there, as well as better nudie cuties. But this is how it all began, so if you like this kind of stuff, its interesting to see for that reason alone.
½ April 7, 2014
The magical, witty and outragous work of Russ Meyer had to start somewhere and here is actually a toned back effort from the late "adult entertainer" that not only sews the seeds of his later fruitations but also kick starts his visual style and comedic tone. The Immoral Mr Teas is a simple, yet effective story. Mr Teas goes about his "Groundhog day" style routine living by himself, working the same boring job, meeting the same females day in, day out as his life plays out. One day he begins to notice more and more about the female body and before he can grasp a hold of it, his imagination is running wild with "Immoral" thoughts about women. It's played with its tongue firmly in cheek and is actually highly entertaining and hilarious early on to throughout most of the movie. The style is of its time, well shot and the narrator and cheesy music only add to the entire tone of the film. However near the end it begins to get a bit repetative, for a film that only lasts an hour thats not a great sign. By trying so hard to give off the impression of repetitivness and obsession the film soon becomes too much and the laughs and interest slowly go with it. That's not to say the the film doesnt have a satisfying ending, however by the time you get there you will have at least checked your watch twice. Entertaining, fun and certainly for its time pushing the boundries, A simple yet effective film that overdoes itself a little to much to be a classic.
November 3, 2012
Russ Meyer's first film was the start of the nudie cutie boom that would follow. It's about a modern, average, common man who can't seem to take his eyes off the women he meets. Mainly because they're either wearing low cut shirts that show cleavage or they're taking their tops off right in front of him. One day he gets his teeth worked on. After the procedure is done he's suddenly given the ability to see women naked. What a gift!

There isn't much dialogue except from the narrator and the music playing through out the film can either be jazzy or annoying depending on your mood. The nudity is slightly tame for the era, but somewhat revolutionary considering the types of films they had to endure that did have "nude" scenes back then. No sex, just nudity was the trend. That's pretty much what you get with this film. It's humor is quite charming and there's a fun feel to it that reminds you that you're watching something naughty.
½ April 15, 2012
Russ Meyer nudie cutie that as a fan of his I can't rightfully complain. Sure this is stuff before Meyer's became a complete film maker it is still loaded w/ charm. W/out dialog (only w/ a narrative which is sometimes absolutely brilliant & worth more then just a simple skin flix & a soundtrax that you can't help but get behind) Teas goes to work, gets his bike & sells prosthetic teeth to dentists around town he gets his eye full of the ladies (naked or otherwise). This film contains an actually fantasy of mine to eat a watermelon all the while having a naked woman iron my clothes. Thank God for the wonderful mind of Russ Meyer's that I can live vicariously through my television
December 17, 2011
Once-notorious "nudie" is tame by today's standards. Most shocking scene: Mr. Teas swims in a scum-filled pond...
Super Reviewer
½ November 12, 2011
From the start, I had a few serious misconceptions about Russ Meyer's debut "The Immoral Mr. Teas." First, I assumed it would be in gritty black-and-white rather than vivid color. Second, I thought it was about a man who can magically see through clothing, not a more "realistic" Peeping Tom who just has an active imagination. And I mistakenly thought for years that the title word was "Immortal" rather than "Immoral." (I like my version better!)

I also had no idea that "The Immoral Mr. Teas" is essentially a silent film. The only components of the soundtrack are a male narrator and a merry, marching score (dominant instruments: accordion, clarinet and drums). The deadpan narrator has a faux-documentary style, and uses highbrow syntax to philosophize about the drudgery of modern life and the need for therapeutic escape. Sometimes he gives academic background which humorously relates to the action, such as when naked women swinging in a tire prompts him to discuss the rubber industry.

The title character is a tanned, goateed, straw-hatted man who works on bicycle, delivering dental supplies. (He repeatedly passes a real-life intersection that includes "Cantlay Street," a found pun which Meyer must have loved). But wherever Mr. Teas goes, he sees girls with ample cleavage. It's a relief that they aren't the grotesquely proportioned mutants from Meyer's later films, but rather more ordinary, everyday beauties.

As the film's 63 minutes pass, the cleavage expands to toplessness and then (strategically obscured) full nudity. And Mr. Teas' efforts to ogle his prey become more aggressive. Luckily for him, he always goes unseen -- even when this is implausible. Other times, he simply fantasizes about women in his head (as Meyer inserts a clichà (C)d, hypnosis spiral to indicate the shift).

The lead actor (whose last name really is Teas) looks surprisingly contemporary, which means the film ages better than expected. The hair, makeup and lingerie of the girls more clearly belong to the Marilyn Monroe era, but that's just kitschy fun.

This film's groundbreaking influence on the "nudie" genre may be a dubious achievement, but it's hard to miss that its scenes are expertly edited. Meyer was no hack as a director, even if his sensibilities were in the gutter.
June 9, 2011
Good debut effort by Russ Meyer. Ground breaking for the time, and holds up a lot better than most "nudie cutie cheesecake" films of the fifties. Starring Bill Teas (Meyer's old war buddy.) Keep an eye out for a cameo by Meyer (a little thiner and pre-moustache.)
February 6, 2010
This is the film that began, not only the career of Russ Meyers, but also made the Nudie Cuties big business. Bill Teas is kind of like a low rent version of Jacques Tati, that is if Mon Oncle was actually a peeping tom. Tame by both today's standards and where Meyer's career eventually took him.
December 7, 2008
Worth a watch as a historical document-- this is where Meyer officially kicked off adult entertainment as we know it-- but don't go in expecting the kind of technical polish and outrageous content as his later films. It's just a goofy industrial/educational-style film about a guy who fantasizes about looking at naked ladies. Much of the voiceover (Meyer chose color film stock over sync sound) is hilarious.
June 16, 2008
Mr. Teas belongs on any respectable list of cinematic lovable loosers.
½ May 26, 2008
Deftly and stylishly blends the ridiculous and the sublime. A very interesting, if lightweight (even for Meyer) debut.
Super Reviewer
May 20, 2008
Slow, plodding, yet one of the first films containing unabashed nudity, and Russ Meyer's first commercially successful film.

Not something to sit through and watch from end to end, although it does have some light-hearted ribald humor if you stick with it long enough.

Otherwise, its a neat insight into the first, and by modern standards utterly innocent, steps toward nudity in film.

Before this film, nudity was masqueraded as "educational films" about nudist camps, whereas "The Immoral Mr. Teas", while constantly placing in educational facts about sunlight and water density, does so with a tongue so firmly in its cheek, its hard not to laugh at it's absurdity, yet appreciate its honesty... especially in comparison to what would come later on in the 1960's.
½ October 15, 2007
Reallllllly early Russ that became the first acclaimed sexploitation film, helping push the genre forward and recieve recognition.
August 24, 2007
The beginnings of Meyer. Very primitive but groundbreaking (in terms of censorship) at the same time. It's so innocent in its exploitation compared to today's standards.
½ November 24, 2006
Very interesting to view as a piece of RM history, 'The Immoral Mr Teas' shows the roots of RM's distinct motifs for which he has become known and adored for. I liked it because I found it fascinating to see how RM started out, although 'Teas' does not live up to the likes of 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'. But still a MUST for any RM fan.
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