WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR? is a 1965 archive print featuring urban degeneration. A waitress, Nora, played by Juliet Prowse, is being harassed by an obscene phone caller who seems to know her. Nora goes to her female boss, and they bring the matter to the police. The case is handled by Lt.. Dave, who is one step from his own psychotic breakdown. The caller is Larry, played by Sal Mineo, who works with Nora. Having been sexually abused by his mother, Larry takes out his twisted rage on women like Nora. The film takes the theme of sexual deviation one step further when it hints of lesbian tendencies. The inevitable confrontation between Nora, Larry and Dave not only frees Nora from her nightmare, but also frees the Lt.. from his own breakdown.
This has explicit themes of incest, rape, murder, lesbianism, and sleaze. While evil is vanquished, the film exploits degeneration more than it reflects a moral conscience. The profile of the psychotic is sympathetic, and Dave’s condemnation is harsh and extreme. Evil is destroyed by chance, not by an absolute sense of right and wrong. In WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR?, the line between being well and sick is indeed fragile and without the law of God. WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR? did not need to be re-released.
(Pa, Ho, L, VV, SS, NN, D, M) Pagan worldview dealing with human degeneration, a hint of lesbianism & themes of incest, stalking, murder, pornography, & sexual harassment; 2 profanities; some violence involving man pulling out a knife after being thrown out of a disco, man assaults & kills woman in alley, & punching; erotic opening sequence, 2 implied sexual situations, 2 references to virginity, man sexually assaults woman, sex talk on phone, store selling erotic underwear, & display of pornographic materials; upper male & female nudity, 3 situations of women undressing & seen in their underwear; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality