During the 1940s, “cheesecake” photographs of cute gals in sexy peek-a-boo poses showing off their legs and some cleavage made an explosion in pop culture. The popularity of these slightly naughty blondes, brunettes, and redheads continued into the 1950s and early 1960s with the publication of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine. At the time, there weren’t comparable mainstream companions to this type of frisky fun featuring the male form. In 1945, California photographer Bob Mizer took matters into his own hands and began photographing handsome young men wearing tight swim trunks and flexing their muscular bodies. Photographs of the male form could not be mainstreamed like their female counterparts and were thus published under the guise of use for instructional health, fitness, and bodybuilding purposes.
Throughout the years, small posing straps, bare backsides, and finally full frontal nudity replaced the tight swimsuits. Mr. Mizer never had a shortage of handsome men who had no problems showing their stuff for some extra cash. Mr. Mizer had a number of run-ins with the law due to some of the models being hustlers….something he had no control over. Bob Mizer died in 1992. In 1998, all Athletic Model Guild materials were sold to Dennis Bell who is keeping these wonderful vintage photographs and short movies in the public’s eye. Presented here are twenty short films shot by Bob Mizer from 1958 to 1974.
Cast: Ray Fowle, Dom McConnell, Reed Philppen, and Andy Martin. Film: Color. Run Time: 11 minutes and 10 seconds. Muscular hunks with smooth bodies and Brill Cream pompadours pose and flex while wearing loincloths. Bob Mizer’s backyard has been dressed to resemble a Middle Eastern marketplace.
Cast: Larry Marrinan, John Tristram. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 7 minutes and 8 seconds. Artist John Tristram (good-looking with black hair, slender/toned/smooth body) is out in the desert with his easel and paint pallet anxious to recreate the surroundings on paper through his talented hands. Larry Marrinan (sexy dude with dark hair and smooth/muscular build) just happens to walk by and the two soon strip down to their small posing straps and admire one another’s bodies.
“Wizard of Azz”
Cast: Ron Nichols, Dean Howard. Film: Color. Run Time: 16 minutes and 2 seconds. Two handsome dudes with toned/smooth bodies and cool pompadours relax by a swimming pool wearing bathing suits. Suddenly lead hunk Dean Howard disappears and magically reappears in the laboratory of crazy queen Ron Nichols (dark hair, toned/smooth body) who is wearing a blue shirt and a woman’s earrings and necklace set. Oh yeah. He also happens to completely naked from the waist down showing off his full dark bush and cut cock. With his lusty powers, Ron strips Dean revealing his full dark pubes, plump balls, and clipped dick while laughing like a loon. I guess Ron isn’t satisfied with the size of Dean’s tool and with the assistance of bad special effects (ratty old wig, large cheap dildo), changes Dean’s “business” into monstrous proportions. Will poor Dean ever get his real cock back? The suspense must be killing you.
“Beat the Devil”
Cast: Gary Hammock, Joe Kiser, and Jerry Bell. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 7 minutes and 42 seconds. Gary Hammock (good-looking with blond pompadour, toned/lightly hairy body) is wearing some type of goofy looking costume when the Devil (Joe Kiser who’s a good-looking dude with dark hair, tall/slender/toned/smooth body) appears wearing horns, posing strap, tail, and carrying a pitchfork. Jerry Bell (sexy stud with dark hair, toned/smooth body) wearing a posing strap appears and all three guys wrestle clinging to each other in an erotic mass of quivering flesh.
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Cast: Bob Adams, Charles Butler. Film: Color. Run Time: 8 minutes and 50 seconds. The movie opens with a skull and then some dude wearing a tall wizard’s hat thumbing though the book “Formulae: Fairies, Goblins, and Witch Boys”. This toned/smooth hunk wearing a posing strap is soon wildly mixing magic potions making a good-looking guy with dark hair, toned/smooth body, and dressed in the usual posing strap appear. After sweeping the floor, the dudes pose and flex for each other while two black cats strut through the scene (one looking like it was pushed in front of the camera). Meow.
“Gift for Dimitrius”
Cast: John Krivos, Boris Demitroff, and Jerry Lewis. Film: Color. Run Time: 7 minutes and 42 seconds. Good-looking dudes with dark hair and toned/smooth bodies wearing posing straps wrestle, fall into swimming pool, and continue to “battle” in the water.
“Sleeping Beauty and the Beast”
Cast: John Travis, Dick Voldemar. Film: Color. Run Time: 4 minutes and 50 seconds. John Travis (good-looking with dark hair, toned/smooth body) is totally naked showing off his full dark bush and cut cock when he casts a spell on Dick Voldemar (cute with light brown hair, toned/smooth body) who is also nude with full brown pubes, plump nuts, and clipped tool. The spell turns Dick’s face into a monster’s head (cheap ape mask that looks like the one used in “Trog”).
“The Jewel Thief”
Cast: Unknown. Film: Color. Run Time: 4 minutes and 34 seconds. In an Middle Eastern marketplace (aka Bob Mizer’s backyard), a number of dudes with muscular and toned bodies, hairy and smooth chests, dark and blond hair wearing posing straps lounge around. One guy is chained to a column and whipped (not hard).
Cast: Kelly Mangum, Van Duke, Dirk Dearwester, Jim Wilson, Jan Grant, and the A.M.G. Pool boys. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 9 minutes and 50 seconds. The dudes are all toned/smooth here with dark hair wearing posing straps. There’s even a monkey (who I will name “Trixie”) on hand in the marketplace that turns into a strutting chicken! One guy performs all sorts of gymnastic poses before being turned into a black cat. Meow.
“Billy Hawkins Adventure”
Cast: Billy Hawkins. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 5 minutes and 16 seconds. Billy is a good-looking fella with dark hair and toned/smooth/tight/tanned body. He strips down to his posing strap and flexes for the camera while leafing though an issue of “Stag” magazine.
“Go Go Sailor”
Cast: Unknown. Film: Color. Run Time: 14 minutes and 19 seconds. A nice-looking dude in a tight Sailor suit (brown hair, cool sideburns) exits the YMCA on Park View Street and high tails it to a park where he can cut loose, crank up his transistor radio, belt down some cheap booze, and dance, baby! He gyrates his hips to the unheard music humping the air with some nice close-ups of the outline of his big dick in those tight white pants. He soon strips down showing off his toned/lightly hairy body, full brown pubes, plump nuts, and large uncut cock. Sailor boy continues his wild Frug with that big dick flopping all over the place. Suddenly, dude is now at the bottom of an empty pool lying nude and surrounded by gay magazines. A second Sailor (good-looking with dark hair) arrives and undresses showing off his toned/smooth body, full dark bush, plump nuts, and clipped dick. The dudes do a li’l more dancing before they make out and roll around on top of each other. There’s a nice shot of Sailor number two’s spread legs, hairy butt crack, gooch, and balls.
“Li’l Bear’s Dream Hero”
Cast: Wade Bedwell, Ruben Lee Aulds. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 8 minutes and 38 seconds. Wade Bedwell (cute with dark hair, toned/smooth/oiled body) is wearing a posing strap showing off his sexy body when Ruben Lee Aulds (handsome with dark hair, toned/smooth body with tattoos) shows up wearing the same thang. The dudes pose, flex, and admire one another’s bodies and get down to some wrestling.
“Jay Howard and Ray Kurtis”
Cast: Jay Howard, Ray Kurtis. Film: Color. Run Time: 3 minutes and 21 seconds. Jay Howard (cute with short blond hair, toned/smooth body) is sunbathing outdoors showing off his full brown pubes, big plump hangy nuts, and cut cock when his buddy Ray Kurtis (cute with dark hair, toned/smooth body) comes over, strips down, and reveals his full dark bush, plump balls, and large cut cock. Soon Jay’s hand is on Ray’s knee and the dudes end up wrestling which quickly turns to erotic hugs and giggling. The movie ends abruptly and much too soon.
Cast: David Gore, Frank Gump. Film: Color. Run Time: 4 minutes and 28 seconds. David Gore (good-looking with black hair, slender/tight/smooth/tanned body) is wearing a loincloth and a feathered hat (!) while sketching the dude of his fantasies. The drawing comes to life in the form of Frank Gump (Forrest’s brother? Good-looking dude with dark hair, toned/hairy/tanned body) wearing a posing strap. The dudes slam back some cocktails while flexing, posing, and admiring each other’s sexy bods.
“Pharaoh’s New Slave”
Cast: Victor Gottlieb, Manny Brothers, Richard Collier, and Frank Renault. Film: Color. Run Time: 4 minutes and 54 seconds. Well, “Trixie” the monkey is back! She’s sassing around the Middle Eastern marketplace when a hunky slave with a black pompadour and toned/smooth body flexes and struts his stuff in a posing strap. He soon gets into a fight with another good-looking dude with dark hair and a toned/smooth body and they wrestle around. One of the black cats from “Witch Boy” makes an appearance.
Cast: The Denson Twins Dean and Denny. Film: Black & White. Run Time: 9 minutes and 50 seconds. A good-looking guy with short dark hair, toned/smooth body wearing a posing strap flexes and jokes around in what the viewer thinks is a mirror. Surprise! The dudes are actually twins and are soon playfully wrestling for our viewing pleasure.
“David O’ Boyle Posing”
Film: Black & White. Run Time: 5 minutes and 45 seconds. David O’ Boyle is a nice-looking guy with dark hair and toned/smooth body, full dark bush, plump balls, and cut cock. He poses, flexes, shadow boxes, and does nude handstands! Naked Fun!
“Keith Steven Posing”
Film: Black & White. Run Time: 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Handsome Keith Steven has dark hair and smooth muscular body. Dressed in a posing strap and enjoying the great outdoors, Keith flexes that beautiful body when a good-looking unnamed dude with short dark hair and toned/lightly hairy body wearing very small swim trunks poses with him.
“Jim Horn Posing”
Film: Black & White. Run Time: 6 minutes and 51 seconds. Jim’s a cute dude with short blond hair and tall/slender/toned/smooth body, dark pubes, and plump cut cock. “Trixie” the monkey makes another guest appearance this time being fed a banana. Jim flexes and poses showing off that sexy body in a number of titillating movements.
“Forrester D’Orlac Posing”
Film: Black & White. Run Time: 4 minutes and 43 seconds. Forrester is a very handsome dude with dark hair and a smooth/muscular/well-oiled Wearing his trusty posing strap, Forrester runs though a series of erotic calisthenics. He has a beautiful body and nice hairy armpits.
The short movies look to be shot on 8 millimeter, Super 8, and 16 millimeter film and are presented in black & white and color. For being as old as they are, the films look good with just a little minor jumping and scratching from time to time.
The movies are silent and the whirring of a movie projector has been added.
The disc includes an interactive menu, movie selection, behind-the-scenes footage that was recently found from “Pose, Please” featuring John Tristram and Larry Marinam eating bananas and goofing off, two late 1950s model screen tests featuring the same nice-looking dude in a red posing strap, and an excellent slideshow presentation featuring black & white and color photographs from each short movie and additional photographs of Ray Rowle (1958), Forrester Millard (1947), Jim Horn (1966), Jay Howord (1973), John Rivos (1961), David O’Boyle (1974), John Tristram (1957), and the Densman Twins (1967). Also included are trailers for: “A.M.G. Hardcore Classics”, “Retro Sex Archive Anal and Erotic 19 & 20”, “AMG Resurrection: A New Beginning”, “Gemeos, and “Tropicus”.
The twenty short Athletic Model Guild movies presented here are entertaining and have held up very well over the years. The dudes are appealing with their sexy pompadours and toned/smooth well-oiled bodies. The flexing, posing, and wrestling is erotic and as an added bonus, a number of these vintage hunks appear totally nude. There’s no hardcore sex here although Mizer did film XXX shorts (see trailer for “Hardcore Classics”). The disc has been created with tender loving care which is obvious with the high quality of the presentation. There are plenty of wonderful photographs in the Bonus materials. I Recommend for fans of vintage beefcake.