A Movie to Fight the Danish Laws on Porn

Gabriel Axel was a famous Danish Film director, actor, writer and producer (Real name Axel Gabriel Erik Mørk). He is best known for the Academy Award winning movie Babette’s Feast. However, his movie from 1968 Det Kære Legetøj (The Dear Toy, it is also known as Danish Blue and Sex and Law) is quite interesting for us. It’s some sort of documentary advocating the legalizing of porn.

In this movie we’ll find both Peter and Jens Theander. Peter plays the role as Max the Producer, Jens plays a photographer and shop-owner. The antique-store Rådhus-Antikvariatet is also briefly seen in this movie. (Actually, it is quite possible we get to see the interior of the shop in several scenes.)
Jens Theander and Peter Theander
Even if Peter and Jens are playing scripted characters, we can most likely pull information out of this.

First of all, the scenes that portrays the shooting of porn-scenes is shot in the cellar of Rodosvej. This is the same cellar as the first magazines were shot in. (A fellow Rodox-researcher and friend ‘Dry Creek’ have painstakingly compared scenes from this movie and early magazines and have concluded that it is the same cellar). One or both of the brothers is supposed to have lived in Rodosvej at the time. If it is so, they did shoot in their own house.

 Second, the girl playing the female model in the explicit scene the brothers are shooting does appear in Color Climax 04 (published autumn 1968, prior to the ban-lift).


Reading the program for the movie, we can also make a note of the fact that none of these people are credited. The movie-program has a cast-list, naming the actors. At the bottom it says: “samt anonyme forretningsfolk og modeller fra pornobranchen” (including anonymous business-men and models from the porn business).

Considering this movie is labeled a documentary and that Theanders (and models) are uncredited as mentioned above, it is likely the movie somewhat portraits the truth about the brothers, their shop and their production.

Det Kaere Legetøj – 1968 (director Gabriel Axel)
Color Climax 04 –    1968 (a Theander Production)
Wikipedia article on director Gabriel Axel
Wikipedia article on movie Det Kære Legetøj 
ilm program for Det Kaere Legetøj.
Huge thanks to ‘Dry Creek’
PS: The movie Det Kaere Legetøj is really good and interesting, track it down if you’re interested in this stuff!

The Theander background story

Peter Grundtvig Theander was born in Copenhagen on December 5th, 1941. Jens Grundtvig Theander was born on January 22nd, 1944.

Very little is so far known about their childhood. What we do know is that the brothers opened an antique store in the area of Copenhagens Town Hall in the mid-sixties. It’s name was “Rådhus-Antikvariatet” which translated would be something like “Town Hall Antique-store”. The red light district of Copenhagen (Istedgade) is situated 500+ meters from this area. The shop is situated pretty close to the town hall and this area is very beautiful. And for this reason a tourist-attraction. The store can be seen in one of Color Climax’s early magazines called ‘Porno-Instruction’ from 1970.

The Antique store Jens and Peter Theander opened in Copenhagen around 1966

The chronology of the story now is not clear. Peter Theander drove a cab and Jens Theander installed intercom-systems. Whether this was something they did after opening the store is unclear. An article about the History of Porn states they struggled to make ends meet with their store, so this could be jobs taken to increase income. A story claims that while installing an intercom-system Jens witnessed the owner of the store open an envelope full of foreign currency. This was currency recieved due to post-order sales abroad. Jens supposedly thought that they could do this just as well.(*)

Porn was at this time (1966-67) still illegal in Denmark so it had to be sold from beneath the counter. The Danish police often dropped by Rådhus-Antikvariatet to check if they had illegal porn. In the beginning they were selling pinup-magazines. How they managed to avoid being caught is still not known. They soon decided to start producing their own pornography. According to anniversary-editorials in their magazines, Color Climax themselves claims to have published their first Porn magazine in 1967. This will be covered in depth in later posts.

Jens Theander was married two(**) times, Peter once. As far as we know Peter is still alive. Jens Theander died on Mallorca December 20th 2008. He is buried in Denmark.


 (*) We do not know if this story is true. It is a story that might be a myth
(**) Until 2015-04-03 this blog has claimed he was married three times. This is incorrect.
Danish References:
stamtavle.taxbol.dk (This site is now defunct.)
Pictures are taken from the magazine ‘Porno Instruction’ from 1970.

A note about updates

There have been no posts here since november 26th 2012. There is a simple reason to that. We’ve been in doubt wether this blog should be kept clean of pornographic material. The decision is as follows.
To fully understand every aspect of Rodox we need to show examples from their work.

Pornography and Danish Laws

Climax Story danish Pornography Laws Istedgade

To fully understand the history of Rodox Trading we have to know a thing or two about the Danish Laws vs. Pornography. Censorship has been part of the Danish laws since 1537. The first concrete paragraph made against porn came in 1799 when a law against fornication was added. In 1866 it became illegal to publish and distribute pornographic material. As in other countries, novels including what was considered immoral became prohibited. In Denmark Herman Bang’s ‘Haabløse Slægter’ became illegal after a trial in 1881.

Throughout the 60’s a public demand to lift this ban grew larger and larger. Weekend-Sex, a magazine published and produced by Leo Madsen and Ole Ege was released for the first time in 1966. At this time the Theander brothers had opened a second hand bookstore in Copenhagen. They sold imported pornography from behind the counter. Around this time they also started to produce and publish their own pornography.
In 1967 Denmark legalized the distribution and publication of *written* pornography.

On December 12th 1968 the Minister of Justice, Knud Thestrup, handed in a proposal to a new law. This law intended to legalize distribution of pornographic pictures to people over 16 years old.
He was supposedly restricted towards the legalization of porn in 1966 but changed his mind. The reason was that he was concerned over the lack of esthetic’s and quality in the pornography circulating at the time!

On July 1st 1969 § 234 was removed and pornography in every form became legal. Unfortunately this also included bestiality, sodomy and pornographic material including children.

§ 235 came June 16th 1980. This law made it illegal to produce and distribute child pornography. This law was tightened April 2nd 2003 when it became illegal to produce pornography including actors below the age of 18. Up until this point it had still been somewhat legal to produce pornography including teenagers down to the age of 15 years old. In Denmark the age of consent is 15 years.

Pornography including animals is still legal to produce if “there is done no harm to the animal”……

references in English:
CCIES at the Kinsey Institute: Denmark
References in Danish:
Fra Porno til SexPlosion
Forslag til lov om ændring af straffeloven (2002)
Morten Thing: Pornografer, bibliografer og hemmelige museer, Passage, nr 40, 2001
Straffelovens § 235, børnepornografi
Artikkel om boken Dansk Porno/Danish Porn – Politiken.dk
picture is from the book Danish Porn by Jon Nordstrøm – ISBN: 9788799315031