Teaserama

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Teaserama
Teaserama poster 01.jpg
Directed by Irving Klaw
Produced by
Starring See below
Cinematography Michael Slifka
Edited by Lester Orlebeck
Release dates
1955 (1955)
Running time
70 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Teaserama is a 1955 American documentary film directed by Irving Klaw which follows the performance of a burlesque show.

Plot[edit]

Teaserama is presented as a documentary film, with all actors and actresses playing themselves. It opens with Bettie Page assisting Tempest Storm with her brassiere. Afterwards, when the show begins, Page separates the acts by showing placards with the names of the acts. Stripteases are provided by Storm, Chris La Chris, Twinnie Wallen, Trudy Wayne, Vicki Lynn, and Cherry Knight. Stand-up comedy is provided by Joe E. Ross and Dave Starr.

Production[edit]

The film was directed by Irving Klaw, who was known for producing bondage photographs for distribution through the mail.[1] Redheaded burlesque dancer Tempest Storm was cast for the leading role.[2]

Playboy Playmate of 1955 Bettie Page, whom Klaw had previously directed,[1] was cast as a second tier dancer. Page, who had previously appeared in Striporama (1953) and Varietease (1954), performed three dance routines, including one alongside star Tempest Storm. Teaserama was the last mainstream film in which Page had a major role.[2]

Vicki Lynn, who had also previously appeared in Varietease, appeared in drag in the film. According to film historian Eric Schaefer, Lynn's performance in Teaserama was presented with "the same degree of sensuality and tease as the strips by women" and as "erotic to heterosexual men". He considers the number a form of "gender sabotage" against the prevailing sexual norms of the time.[3]

According to a review by Variety, the film was produced almost entirely without props. The majority occurs on inlaid linoleum with yard equipment visible in the background, although some sofas make an appearance.[4] It was shot in Eastman Color.[1] The film features little nudity.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

Teaserama was released in 1955. It has since been reissued several times. In 1993 it was released as a video cassette, introducing the 1950s-era burlesque dancers to a new audience.[6] In 2006 Teaserama was rereleased together with Varietease as a double feature DVD by Something Weird Video under the title Bettie Page in Varietease and Teaserama. Bill Gibron of DVD Talk wrote that one of the special features on the DVD, a two-hour interview with sexploitation film director David F. Friedman about the history of the genre, was "far more fascinating" than the films.[2]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c Schaefer 1999, p. 317.
  2. ^ a b c Gibron 2006, Bettie Page in.
  3. ^ Schaefer 1999, p. 319.
  4. ^ Schaefer 1999, p. 56.
  5. ^ Pratt 2004, p. 1207.
  6. ^ Baldwin 2004, p. 19.
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