#5 – BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
Director Russ Meyer cameos in his first studio picture as one of the cameramen filming The Carrie Nations in the television studio during one of their performances. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one of the best satires ever written and shot so it’s a nice little nod to see Meyer playing someone in the industry in on the joke that can be fame. Meyer always said he never saw some of the more serious aspects that people read into his work but many have said he was smarter than that and knew what he was doing. All veiled up in one brief moment.
#4 – BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRAVIXENS
Meyer essentially plays himself in this feature which see’s him at the end of the movie with his camera filming all the juicy action and giving a moral monologue that stinks of the closing epilogue of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
#3 – AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON
In this comedy anthology, Russ plays a video shop owner who supplies one lucky guy with a video many can only dream of. A perfect cameo for the director, who you can’t imagine running a video shop that’s any different.
#2 – MOTORPSYCHO
In this film from his gothic period, the director has a relatively notable role with quite a few lines… As a misogynistic, corrupt Police Chief. Upon viewing a semi-unconscious victim of a criminal assault, he says to her distraught husband ‘Nothing happened to her that a woman ain’t built for’. According to Jimmy McDonough’s biography of Meyer, his mother loved it saying ‘You were such a wonderful policeman, your father would’ve been proud of you’.
#1 – THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS
The perfect cameo for the star and a nice little nod to where it all began. Meyer plays a cheering front row audience member in a burlesque club which just so happens to also be playing his very first cinematic endeavour French Peep Show.