From the mailbox:

Maggie Q in Manhattan Midnight. I never heard of Manhattan Midnight before. I looked it up on IMDB and she is in it. Outside of a leak I don’t remember any Maggie Q nudity.”

Scoop’s response:

That’s legit. It was her first topless scene, but not her last. The Divine Miss Q removed her top in three movies:

Manhattan Midnight (2001)

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Naked Weapon (2002)

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The Warrior and the Wolf (2009)

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Once again Brainscan takes a deep dive into a forgotten chapter in the history of film nudity: the grindhouse era. Brainscan alone created all the commentary and collages, as well as the myriad of film clips that accompany this article in the members’ version of the Fun House.

Nudie Cuties dominated grindhouse cinema in the early 1960s, and chief among them were movies about nudists, or people who pretended to be for a few hours. Coming in a close second were movies that attempted to tap into the existing market for print nudes by showing how it was all done, sometimes with photographers and other times with artists.

Art School for Nudists (1965) was a two-for-one deal, then. The women who played nudists for a day were

Christy Foushee,

Darlene Bennett


and the good-enough-to-eat Gigi Darlene


plus a couple of unknowns.


These nudists play a game that only vaguely resembles volleyball – more like catch it and throw it ball – and they wear bikini bottoms while doing so. I suppose they are to nudists what people who eat fish are to vegans, the pescatarians of nudism.

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Then there is Artist Studio Secrets (1964), in which the only secret is the artist’s phobia for painting unclothed women. His hang-up fails to stop his models from undressing in the studio or at home.

Four women play models, two of which I could not identify.

Here is one.

The other appeared with Marlene Eck (read on for more of Marlene)

The two I could identify were the vastly under-rated Marlene Eck

and, once again, the goddess Gigi Darlene.



Let me stop here for a moment and say a word about Gigi. She emigrated from Germany in her late teens and spent some time modeling, both fashion and glamour, before hitting the motion pictures. After three and a half years and 25 appearances, Gigi got married and disappeared from movies. She was so popular that everyone in gindhouse mourned her absence. One director even filmed a scene with a message on a graffiti-filled wall that read, Where In The World is Gigi Darlene? This will not be the last time I send in pictures and clips of her.

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Bunny Yeager’s Nude Camera (1963) and Calendar Pinup Girls (1965) take a much more direct approach to showing off partially clothed women and dispense with plot or dialogue or anything that might be called a story. I grabbed the trailers for the two from some disk and found:

Christy Foushee again,

plus Dolores Carlos

and Sandy Sinclair in Calendar Pinup;

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and Allison Louis Downe

and Davey Decker in Bunny Yeager.

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Ran that same play – grabbed the trailer and captured some images – for 1963’s Gentlemen Prefer Nature Girls, which starred (so to speak)

Joan Bamford


and Sandy Sinclair.

The plot is a familiar one, with Ms. Bamford playing an outsider who cannot imagine nudism as a lifestyle until she gets to a camp and throws herself right into the mix. Let the celebration begin.

Part 1 of this series, The Immoral Mr. Teas, can be found here

To be continued …

 


 

If you enjoy Brainscan’s work, here are the other series that can be found on Other Crap:

The Films of Harry Novak

Part 1, The Sixties, can be found here.

Part 2, Hicksploitation, is here.

Part 3, The Seventies, is here.

Part 4, The Models in Print (and in his films), is here

 

The Early Years of Film Nudity

Part 1: 1932. Peak Pre-Code Talkies.

Part 2: 1929-1934. The Other Pre-Code Talkies.

Part 3: 1927. The Swan Song of the Silents.

Part 4: 1900-1926. The Silent Era.

Part 5: 1935-1951. The Dry Years.

Part 6: 1952-1959. Europe to the Rescue

The same articles, with the added bonus of all of Brainscan’s film clips, can be found in the members’s version of the Fun House, along with the many thousands of other collages, clips and commentaries that Brainscan has created in the past two decades. (And his contributions represent only a tiny fraction of the content in the back issues, since the Fun House has been updated every day, seven days a week, without exception, for the past 24 years.)

Ellen Page in Into The Forest (2016)

Ellen pulled off a rare feat that year. She placed two films in the top eight on our annual poll of the Top Nude Scenes of 2016. Into the Forest finished second.

The only other actresses to place two in the top ten in the same year:

Jennifer Connelly, who finished 3rd and 9th among the top nude scenes of 2000.

Halle Berry, who actually managed to take the top two spots in 2001

Ellen’s other winner in 2016, in 8th place, was Tallulah

Once again Brainscan takes a deep dive into a forgotten chapter in the history of film nudity: the grindhouse era. Brainscan alone created all the commentary and collages, as well as the myriad of film clips that accompany this article in the members’ version of the Fun House.

The Grindhouse Years, part 1: The Immoral Mr. Teas

1959

Grindhouse movie houses sprung up spontaneously in many cities at the same time and the movies they showed were very cheap local productions.  No one can say for sure which was the first place or the first movie.  But for my money, the first important exploitation movie in what would become the grindhouse genre was Russ Meyer’s The Immoral Mr. Teas.

Mr. Teas had many of the features that would dominate grindhouse for several years, including voice over instead of dialogue, a story that made precious little sense and  exposure that was pretty damn limited until….

It is the until that matters here, because Meyer knew from a SCOTUS  ruling in the mid-1950’s that the courts would side with him if censors attempted to ban or cut a ie about nudism or a movie that had educational value. So, for about 45 minutes of its run time, Mr. Teas gives us not so much to sink our teeth into except Danielle Dawn posing topless for a photographer,

 

then frolicking topless in the ocean and finally sunning topless on a pier.

The key word here is topless, but Ms. Dawn manages to keep her vitals hidden most of the time.

The only other significant exposure was a two-second clip of the topless torso of June Wilkinson.

The following scan from a magazine called Showboat shows what Ms. Wilkinson looked like when a shot included her head.

Okay, fine, for the longest time in the movie, Mr. Teas goes from place to place and encounters attractive women at his dentist’s office, and an office and a coffee shop. They are played by

Ann Peters (the waitress),

Marilyn Wesley (the dental hygienist)

and Michele Roberts (the secretary),

and in every case the women display acres of cleavage, not much more. Well, that is not strictly true because we get to see Ms. Wesley’s naked rumpus and Ms. Peter’s ample bosom, as Mr. Teas lets his imagination get the best of him. Still, if the movie had ended at the 50 minute mark, it would have the same level of exposure as others in the grindhouse genre at the time.

But then the movie shifts gears. Mr. Teas falls asleep and imagines the waitress, the secretary and the dental hygienist are nudists. With that little trick Meyer could protect the movie from censors. And as Mr. Teas gazes at the nudists, the voice over gives us a rich education in the history of exploration and the biology of reptiles. No kidding. This is deliberate, to be sure, and it is a sometimes-hilarious parody of other attempts to get naked bodies past the censors by throwing in some odd bits of educational material. So we have the nudists and we have the education – who could possibly justify cutting out any of it?

In Mr. Teas’ dream, the three women loll around and play around naked in a variety of scenes for an aggregate of 13 minutes.

All three women get significant time in the buff, but true to the form he would display for more a decade, Mr. Meyer spends an inordinate amount of time with the camera on the bustiest, blondest of them – that would be Ms. Ann Peters. It turned out to be her only exposure on film but she made the most of the time and the talent given to her.

Marilyn Wesley

Michele Roberts

Mr. Teas, in a bright red shirt and a Panama hat, skulks around in bushes and through tall grass and up trees, but at no point do the three women see him. You have to conclude  Meyer’s got the title wrong – the protagonist is not the Immoral Mr. Teas but the Invisible Mr. Teas.

Last scene of the movie has his psychiatrist, played by Mikki France, appearing nude.
And during the early bits of the movie there are two uncredited actresses
who play a stripper
and a random gal who undresses immediately behind Mr. Teas as he fishes.

Like I said, the dude is invisible to naked women, which I am going to say is a super power worth having if you get a choice in these matters.One online source says Althea Currier plays the stripper. And Mr. Skin has Monica Liljistrand playing the psychiatrist, instead of Mikki France. As luck would have it, Ms. Currier and Ms. Liljistrand appear together in a movie entitled Heavenly Bodies! Take a look and see what you think.

Currier

Liljistrand

To be continued!

 


If you enjoy Brainscan’s work, here are the other series that can be found on Other Crap:

The Films of Harry Novak

Part 1, The Sixties, can be found here.

Part 2, Hicksploitation, is here.

Part 3, The Seventies, is here.

Part 4, The Models in Print (and in his films), is here

 

The Early Years of Film Nudity

Part 1: 1932. Peak Pre-Code Talkies.

Part 2: 1929-1934. The Other Pre-Code Talkies.

Part 3: 1927. The Swan Song of the Silents.

Part 4: 1900-1926. The Silent Era.

Part 5: 1935-1951. The Dry Years.

Part 6: 1952-1959. Europe to the Rescue

The same articles, with the added bonus of all of Brainscan’s film clips, can be found in the members’s version of the Fun House, along with the many thousands of other collages, clips and commentaries that Brainscan has created in the past two decades. (And his contributions represent only a tiny fraction of the content in the back issues, since the Fun House has been updated every day, seven days a week, without exception, for the past 24 years.)