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 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

I've just finished watching the 5-hoot sleazarama black and white cult film "Who Killed Teddy Bear" which features Sal Mineo as a sex obsessed bodybuilding busboy stalking Juliet Prowse a disco record spinner bar hostess who is also being stalked by lesbian bar manager Elaine Stritch -- all being carefully observed by an equally sex obsessed NYC policeman played by Jan Murray. Gulp.

The DVD was released in January by the British Co. "Network DVD" who have also released some classic Brit Soundtrack CDs. It is a fairly decent full frame print -- with some scenes obviously culled from an inferior, slightly hazy, print. Somehow I only found out about this last week and immediately ordered a copy of the DVD. One of my film holy grails now fulfilled! Joy. Joy. Joy.

http://www.networkdvd.net/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=who+killed+teddy+bear&x=0&y=0

Does anything exist of the background score -- all of those groovy fruggy dance numbers? or the more aggressive orchestral angst moments? I seem to recall reading once that a 45 had been released of the title song and one of the other vocals.

I want a soundtrack to Frug to! Groovy!

P.S. The DVD is PAL, Region 0

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

The title song could almost be a rejected Bond theme - if Bond ever had adventures in Times Square.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2009 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

That song is a real keeper, but sticks in your mind anyway.

By the way, the extra on the DVD of an episode of COURT MARTIAL that Mineo guest starred on,
would be interesting to see, as the series had a terrific martial theme by Frank Cordell, full of
his characteristic "big" percussion.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2009 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Unfortunately, the Network DVD of WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR is missing some bits of more explicit footage. This footage occurs in two scenes, when Sal looks around the Times Square smut shop, and when Sal enters the porno theater.

There was an Atlantic single of the title song, performed by Leslie Uggams. However, I have heard from some who feel that the song performed in the film sounds more like Joanie Sommers. They may be correct, but I'm not certain of that.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I finally saw this film!

I think I saw the full version; it has the segments where Sal is cruising the adult shops and peep show theaters.

Sal in this film looks like when John Belushi imitated Brando - except that he's ripped. wink

The score is amazing. Who did it? I missed it in the opening credits.

So who is the vocalist on the theme?

This film is incredible. I cannot believe that there is not a Criterion release.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

That is not Leslie Uggams singing in the film. I don't know who the hell it is, but it's not her.

EDIT: It is Rita Dyson.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

The Network print is also missing some short, sleazy touches, such as Sal kissing Elaine Stritch on the lips AFTER she has been killed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   M46   (Member)

I own two bootleg version DVDs, both of which are of questionable video quality (a current YouTube upload featuring the entire film is quite good!), and I want to add that there is also a couple of scenes that may have been have cut outside of the ones already mentioned here.

One is during the flashback sequence of the older woman seducing a young Larry, there is an extended scene of her fondling and putting her face on his lower torso as he stands before her. And then subsequently another one with him lying in bed and her hand is shown tracing his ab area as she hikes his shirt up past his chest. This scene was cut from one of my bootlegs, but shows up in the other. Another is an extended dialogue scene between Norah and Marian at Norah's apartment, just before Norah breaks down from another call and she gets "seduced" by Marian. In this scene, Marian discusses and "justifies" the reasons why she doesn't wear a bra, to further imply the kind of "gal" she is.

Anyone else experienced this? Is this scene in the now commercially available Network DVD?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I simply cannot believe that there is not a Criterion release of this film. It is amazing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I simply cannot believe that there is not a Criterion release of this film. It is amazing.

slow.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

...a current YouTube upload featuring the entire film is quite good!..

Can you share the link? There were a number of versions last time I checked. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

I've just finished watching the 5-hoot sleazarama black and white cult film "Who Killed Teddy Bear" which features Sal Mineo as a sex obsessed bodybuilding busboy stalking Juliet Prowse a disco record spinner bar hostess who is also being stalked by lesbian bar manager Elaine Stritch -- all being carefully observed by an equally sex obsessed NYC policeman played by Jan Murray. Gulp.

The DVD was released in January by the British Co. "Network DVD" who have also released some classic Brit Soundtrack CDs. It is a fairly decent full frame print -- with some scenes obviously culled from an inferior, slightly hazy, print. Somehow I only found out about this last week and immediately ordered a copy of the DVD. One of my film holy grails now fulfilled! Joy. Joy. Joy.

http://www.networkdvd.net/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=who+killed+teddy+bear&x=0&y=0

Does anything exist of the background score -- all of those groovy fruggy dance numbers? or the more aggressive orchestral angst moments? I seem to recall reading once that a 45 had been released of the title song and one of the other vocals.

I want a soundtrack to Frug to! Groovy!

P.S. The DVD is PAL, Region 0


The networkdvd link appears to be the old one. Here's the revamped link.

http://networkonair.com/shop/752-who-killed-teddy-bear.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



P.S. The DVD is PAL, Region 0


Are you sure it's PAL, Region 0? Network usually have their releases set to region 2?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

The new link to the Network site (wow this thread is from 2009...) does say Region 2. I pulled my DVD from the shelf -- and the DVD itself is stamped PAL Region 0 -- as is the back cover. Perhaps they changed the region code for newer copies? I'm sorry I can't answer that question with any certainty -- my region free play doesn't display what regions it is decoding unfortunately.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

This film was very disturbing to me as a kid . In NEW YORK, WOR-TV CHANNEL 9 would often show this movie on FRIDAY NIGHT, a night my folks would let me stay up late because there was no school the next day. it always seemed back then channel 9 would show the more risqué films of that time on Friday nights. It was the theme and the technique of the way they showed the sleazy activities that were more disturbing then nearly any nudity could be.

 
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