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Joseph Cates

Music director
Charlie Calello

Joseph C. Brun

United States


Crime, Drama, Mystery

Story by
Arnold Drake



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Release date

Arnold Drake (screenplay), Arnold Drake (story), Leon Tokatyan (screenplay)

Sal Mineo
(Lawrence Sherman),
Juliet Prowse
(Norah Dain),
Jan Murray
(Lt. Dave Madden),
Elaine Stritch
(Marian Freeman),
Margot Bennett
(Edie Sherman),
Daniel J. Travanti
(Carlo (as Dan Travanty))

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The hostess (Juliet Prowse) at a Manhattan disco receives nasty phone calls from a busboy (Sal Mineo) who works there.


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Who Killed Teddy Bear? is a 1965 American crime drama/psychological thriller film starring Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse and Elaine Stritch. The film was directed by Joseph Cates and written by Arnold Drake and Leon Tokatyan.

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A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club.


Norah Dain (Juliet Prowse), a nightclub disc jockey and aspiring actress living alone in a Manhattan apartment, receives a series of obscene phone calls from someone who seems to be watching her on a daily basis. She also finds a decapitated teddy bear in her apartment. At first it is not clear to either the viewer or Norah who is making the calls. A police detective, Lt. Dave Madden (Jan Murray), whose own wife was raped and murdered, takes a personal interest in Norah and her case. Lt. Madden engages in suspicious behavior such as suggesting to Norah several times that he himself could be the caller, secretly tape recording his discussions with Norah, listening to tapes of Norah and other women talking about obscene phone calls, and obsessively studying pornography and the behavior of sex perverts, despite the fact that he is exposing his ten-year-old daughter to such adult concepts and he is being reported to his superiors at work.

However, midway through the film, it is revealed to the audience (but not to Norah) that the obscene caller is actually Lawrence Sherman (Sal Mineo), a waiter at the nightclub where Norah works. Lawrence lives with and cares for his 19-year-old sister Edie (Margot Bennett), who is brain damaged and has the mind of a child. Edies brain damage is apparently the result of an accident when she was a little girl and saw her older brother, Lawrence, having sex with an unidentified older woman (possibly their mother, although this is not made clear); she ran away in horror or fear, and fell down the stairs. Lawrence is unable to have a normal romantic or sexual relationship due to his guilt over the accident and his duty to look after Edie following the death of their parents. He is also frustrated when Edie dresses up in an adult dress, high heels and makeup and seems to make advances towards him. He tries to get rid of his frustration by visiting adult bookstores and movies in Times Square, but still is obsessed with watching and calling Norah. Despite Lt. Maddens warnings that the caller might be someone Norah knows, Norah never suspects Lawrence until it is too late. Instead she is friendly to him and even attracted to him, complimenting him on his body when they meet at the gym, and offering to stay late after work to teach him to dance.

Marian Freeman (Elaine Stritch), the older, experienced manager of the nightclub where Norah works, also takes a personal interest in Norah and tries to advise and protect her. She offers to spend the night with Norah at her apartment so Norah wont be alone and afraid. While Marian is visiting, Norah receives yet another telephone call and starts to cry. Marian consoles her, but Norah senses that Marian is actually making a lesbian pass at her and, revolted, asks her to leave the apartment immediately. Marian leaves in a huff, still wearing Norahs coat, which she had been using as a bathrobe. Lawrence, who is outside, sees Marian leaving in Norahs coat, and mistaking her for Norah, chases after her and kills her.

Lawrence finally attacks Norah after closing time in the empty nightclub and violently rapes her, but does not kill her. Lt. Madden, who has just figured out that Lawrence was watching Norah through the reflection of a mirror, arrives too late to save Norah from the rape. He beats Lawrence and then, inexplicably, lets him leave the club. Lawrence runs through traffic in Times Square imagining that he is running through Central Park towards a welcoming Norah. Police officers chase him and ultimately gun him down as the film ends.

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Sal Mineo appears in Who Killed Teddy Bear? and Crime in the Streets. Sal Mineo appears in Who Killed Teddy Bear? and The Gene Krupa Story. Fortune and Mens Eyes (1971). Sal Mineo appears in Who Killed Teddy Bear? and Tonka. Sal Mineo appears in Who Killed Teddy Bear? and Dino.


  • Sal Mineo as Lawrence Sherman
  • Juliet Prowse as Norah Dain
  • Elaine Stritch as Marian Freeman
  • Jan Murray as Lt. Dave Madden
  • Tom Aldredge as Adler
  • Margot Bennett as Edie Sherman
  • Frank Campanella as Police Captain
  • Rex Everhart as Rude Customer
  • Bruce Glover as Frank
  • Casey Townsend as Ms. Nielsen
  • Dan Travanty as Carlo
  • References

    Who Killed Teddy Bear? Wikipedia
    Who Killed Teddy Bear? IMDb Who Killed Teddy Bear?