Wide-eyed Neil O’Hara (Joe Peace), the epitome of all-American wholesomeness, leaves his
rural home in search of adventure in L.A. He is spotted and picked up by obsessive photographer,
and founder of the Athletic Models Guild, Bob Mizer (Daniel MacIvor).
The combination of
interviews with the stars of that lost era including Joe Dallesandro who went onto star
in Andy Warhol movies, Valentine Hooven and Jack LaLanne, together with dramatic re-enactments
of the events leading to Mizer’s trial, makes for a heady mixture of biography, fantasy and social history,
as well as a voyeuristic look at the underlying homoeroticism that really sold Physique Pictoral.
The commercial release of the mainstream film Beefcake
introduced Mizer and his work to millions of moviegoers. But for thousands of service
men and others, Mizer was no stranger. "Soldiers, sailors and marines knew that if
they came through Hollywood, they could pick up an extra fifty bucks by posing for
Bob," said Bell. In addition, Mizer photographed thousands of gay and straight men
of all descriptions. His subjects included motion picture and television actors,
waiters, motorcyclists, college men, construction workers, California surfer boys
and mid-Western farm hands just off the bus and searching for fame and fortune in Hollywood.
Since Mizer's death
in 1992, the slides, negatives and other assets of his estate have been
in the custody of Wayne Stanley, one of Mizer's legal advisers and friends. During
that time, licenses have been given periodically to publish, reproduce, sell or
exhibit some of Mizer's work. Beefcake tells the story of Mizer and this fascinating part of Hollywood Gay History.
For more about the era of the Athletic Model Guild and a gallery of original
physique photos click
For more about the Bob Mizer Foundation website click here.
Beefcake(18) is available from
Amazon and at your local DVD stockist.
The book Beefcake is also
available direct from