HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Diana's Wedding
Deerskin
Toll, The
Two of Us
Nowhere Special
Rainbow Jacket, The
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1
First Cow
Undiscovered Tomb
Being Frank
Occupation: Rainfall
Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Pariah
Weapon, The
Godzilla vs. Kong
Love and Monsters
Tove
Young Wives' Tale
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Yellow Teddy Bears, The Bad Girls
Year: 1963
Director: Robert Hartford-Davis
Stars: Jacqueline Ellis, Annette Whiteley, Georgina Patterson, Anne Kettle, Margaret Vieler, Noel Dyson, Victor Brooks, Richard Bebb, Ann Castle, Douglas Sheldon, Lesley Dudley, Iain Gregory, Jill Adams, John Bonney, Lucette Marimar, Raymond Huntley
Genre: Drama, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: At this all-girls school the teenage pupils have a method of letting their fellow classmates know something that their parents and teachers would never have guessed at. The ones who consider themselves more mature sport badges of yellow teddy bears on their blouses, and the reason they think of themselves as that way is because this is to show they have had sex, whereas the ones without the badges are virgins, and therefore lower down the pecking order of their social circles. One of the girls is sixteen-year-old Linda (Annette Whiteley), who has an older boyfriend nicknamed Kinky (Iain Gregory), a window cleaner, but she is not as enamoured of him as she used to be for a very simple reason...

That being Linda has fallen pregnant! Oh, the shame! So what is she to do, does she have the baby and give it up for adoption or does she have an illegal abortion courtesy of someone June (Jill Adams) knows, Jill being the prostitute who is grooming these schoolgirls to be part of her stable of ladies of ill repute? What was big news in 1963 was quickly trounced by bigger news as the contraceptive pill was introduced, which quickly rendered The Yellow Teddy Bears somewhat past it as far as social commentary went, but was it wholly intended as such? There were some very interesting names behind the camera, but the most significant ones were Derek Ford and Donald Ford on script duties.

They were men who took advantage of the loosening of censorship and the growing air of so-called free love in the nation which meant a lot more actors and actresses - especially the actresses - who were willing to take their clothes off, and not when it was artistically necessary either, more often if the price was right. So lucrative were these cheap films that their production bloomed from the late sixties onwards, propping up a British industry that was heading to the doldrums in the seventies, and the Fords were purveyors of that kind of smut; not that the Brits saw any nudity in this, unless they visited the Continent and saw the specially made edit that included a little more flesh than was seen in the version released at home.

Not from the performers playing the schoolgirls, it should be emphasised, the filmmakers didn't want to receive a knock on the door from the rozzers at any time, but you get the idea, although the grand finale was a ten minute discussion on how far schools should go to educate the pupils about sex, which was about as dry as that sounded, the mere premise was enough to get the punters into the cinemas hoping for some titillation. In spite of all that, there were some decent points made in light of the widening generation gap that was more apparent as the decade progressed, underlined by a sequence where the girls go to a dance where Kinky's band were playing, obviously patterned after Cliff Richard and the Shadows, not 1963's biggest news The Beatles, who unsurprisingly turned down the offer to appear in this.

Quite a bit was informed by the kitchen sink drama that was beginning to lose its lustre after its cusp of the fifties into the sixties heyday, mostly moving to television for the socially relevant material, but you could detect the influence of say, A Kind of Loving here, which also detailed what happened after an unplanned pregnancy. Except, if you were genuinely interested in what happened to teenage tearaway Linda, the fact this ended with that round table meeting and not a resolution to her plight would leave you more disappointed than anything, betraying that every character in here was a mouthpiece for some point of view in the sex education debate. Interest in The Yellow Teddy Bears now would, needless to say, rest upon the social commentary angle for as a drama, even as one with a sexual theme, it was pretty staid and its once daring and indeed trashier qualities had long since been superseded, within a couple of years of its initial appearance. As a matter of interest, it was inspired by an actual event. Music by Malcolm Mitchell.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2090 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: