BOB MIZER: Socially Redeeming Value 1966-1967
BOB MIZER: Socially Redeeming Value 1966-1967

BOB MIZER: Socially Redeeming Value 1966-1967

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  • In a 1957 Allen Ginsburg case, the U.S. Supreme Court defined obscenity as material without “socially redeeming value." This allowed photographers and artists for the first time to publish male frontal nudity under the guise of health and art, but not eroticism.  By the mid-1960s, photography at nudist camps was well under way and was justified by promoting a healthy lifestyle of living naked full time under the southern California sun.
  • Bob Mizer shot photos during these two years at several desert camps like Ramona Ranch, Hemet, and Homeland for himself and for other clients like distributor Wyngate and Bevins, one of the first porn mogul companies. He also shot nude films that focused on athleticism in preparation for the coming change in laws, like the two bonus films here featuring Joe Dallesandro and Monte Hanson. This is a rare slice of Mizer's world and creative output, because these films were barely seen as by late 1967, sexual nudity would be legalized and nudist films were quickly forgotten.
  • TITLE

    CAST

    FILM#

    YEAR

    EIGHT ATHLETES

    Sam Hunter, Jim Barckley, Gerald Sullivan, Joseph Iannini, & 4 Unidentified Models

    E019

    c.1967

    MALE NUDIST CAMP

    Jim Horn, Butch Umbenhauer, A. Langford, Joe Petricilli,  Jack Reino, plus 4 Unidentified Models

    M069

    c.1967

    SEVEN ATHLETES [AT RANCH]

    Brian Idol, Jim Horn, Jim Barckley, Sam Hunter, plus 3 Unidentified Models

    S111

    1966

    FIVE ATHLETES AT HEMET

    Tom Salvatore, JD Gregg, & 3 Unidentified Models

    REF.5.029

    c.1966

    TEN AT HOMELAND

    Ray Robirds, Sam Hunter, Will Nestle, John Sanders, Royce Mayo, Radie Haulcomb, Danny Burligh, Reed Larson, Randy Thomas, Jerry Grandsen

    T037

    4/26/1967

    GROUP NUDES AT BILL BARRECKY’S HOUSE

    Jim Horn, Tony Farrell, JD Gregg, & 3 Unidentified Models

    REF.5.028

    1967

    HEMET

    Butch Umbenhauer, Bob Jackson, Enrique Nieves, Jim Wayne, Tommy Evans, Dennis Decker, Al, Bob Zimmerman

    REF.5.030

    4/12/67

    TEN AT AFRICA USA

    Monte Hanson, John Kerns, Jimmy Carroll, Tom King, Tony H., Al, Gary Barnhill, Gypsy B., Rich Fritscke, John Challender, Ron Farr

    T036

    3/25/1967

    SIX AT RAMONA RANCH

     Mike McCune & 5 Unidentified Models

    S117

    1966

    HOMELAND NUDISTS #1

     Mike Cox & 6 Unidentified Models

    H101

    1967

    HOMELAND NUDISTS #2

     8 Unidentified Models

    H102

    1967

    HOMELAND NUDISTS #3

     Rock Hudson & 5 Unidentified Models

    H103

    1967

    BONUS NUDE POSING FILMS

    [PROMOTING HEALTH AND ARTISTIC STUDY]

    JOE DALLESANDRO POSING

    Joe Dallesandro

    D048

    4/1966

    MONTE HANSON [BEDROOM]

    Monte Hanson

    H048

    c.1966

    RAY ROBIRDS POSING [NUDE]

    Ray Robirds

    R074

    c.1967

  • United States
    1965-1967
    95 minutes
    Black/White & Color
    4:3
    English
    Compilation #022