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The Doll Squad (1973)

Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.

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Eamon O'Reilly
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Sabrina Kincaid
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Victor Connelly
John Carter ...
Senator Stockwell
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Maria
Rafael Campos ...
Rafael
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Nancy Malone
William Bagdad ...
Joseph
Herb Robins ...
Munson (as Herb Robbins)
Curt Matson ...
Captain Curran
Christopher Augustine ...
(as Chris Augustine)
Bertil Unger ...
Mr. Cahaymen
Gustaf Unger ...
Dr. Cahaymen (as Gustave Unger)
Richard Reed
William Bonano
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Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.

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Before 'Charlie's Angels' there was... The Doll Squad. Eat your heart out 'Charlie!' See more »

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It is speculated that Aaron Spelling got the idea for Charlie's Angels (1976) after attending the premier of this film. See more »

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Referenced in The Girls from H.A.R.M.! (2000) See more »

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Song for Sabrina
Music by Nicholas Carras
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye and Solomon King
Sung by Solomon King
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27 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being an avid moviegoer and a frequent renter and buyer of DVDs, there's always something intriguing about DVDs of low-budget films made in the 1970's that I've never heard of. Does this film deserve a bigger release? Could this DVD have benefited from more special features? Is it a hidden gem over which the big studios just passed? Above all, though, is the movie worth watching? Sadly, in regards to "The Doll Squad", the answer to all these questions is "No".

The DVD copy of "The Doll Squad" is one I found while browsing through a discount outlet, and it only cost me $0.50 to purchase. It was labeled as a "Cinema Cult Favorite", which is a label that can be unfair to quality cult classics. To me, the term "cult favorite" describes a film that, while underrated at the time of its release, has since developed a following of devoted fans that watch the film again and again, and take real meaning out of it. Unfortunately, to some DVD distributors, the term means a film that just hasn't been seen very many times.

There are some qualities of this film that, at first glance, make it a potential cult favorite. After all, the film has heroines, not heroes, who kick ass and take names. However, women as action stars means nothing if you don't make the characters interesting, and you don't care about the mission they are pursuing.

Such is the case of this movie, which has a plot that is very run-of-the-mill, half-baked characters, horrible actors playing them, and cheap special effects that look cheaper because the foundation of a story makes the house crumble and fall.

Watching this film in 2010, the film will lose you in the opening sequence when Senator Stockwell is watching a space shuttle launch. The space shuttle launches successfully off the ground, but once it reaches the stratosphere, it explodes. When this actually happened to the Challenger in 1986, there was a public outcry. In this movie, Senator Stockwell says in a monotonous voice, "Oh no. All those men."

Sadly, the explosion comes as no surprise because of a threatening recorded message to the Senator from Eamon O'Reilly (Michael Ansara, who is perhaps the most interesting character in this film), an American terrorist whose quest for world domination also includes injecting the rest of the world with a bubonic plague. Only one team of agents can stop them, primarily because the leader of the group, red-headed Sabrina Kincaid (Francine York), had a prior relationship with O'Reilly.

Sabrina works to bring the team together as they work during their day jobs. One woman works as a stripper, another one is a champion swimmer, another works in an amusement park, and there are two more who have different jobs I can't recall. Even though they have different hair colors and occupations, once they put on uniforms and tote guns, they may be a force with which to be reckoned, but their personalities are pretty much all the same. As a result, there's no one about whom you really care.

There is a lot of shooting and a lot of explosions. In fact, it's strange how the fire resulting from the explosions looks perfectly round and doesn't completely cover the person or thing that is exploding. It's almost as if the editor just put a match to a frame and printed it that way. There's also a scene early in the movie where a blond woman gets shot through the head, and when she turns afterwords towards the camera, the wound looks more like a bug bite.

The writer and director Ted Mikels had something here with women who have power and do justice. The problem is that Mikels focused more on the shooting and killing these women did than the reason why they did it. Action is exciting, but action without a story is like horse legs without the horse.

I hate ripping on Mikels for this film because he has made a number of low-budget films up to 2009, and there's something to say about someone being that committed. He's like Russ Meyer with a little less street credibility. If Mikels had collaborated with someone else on this script (perhaps a woman), he would have had something here, and the cheapness of the physical effects would be forgiven. A female writer probably could have told him, for starters, that if you want to make a movie about strong protagonists with two X chromosomes, don't have the men in this movie call them the DOLL squad. It could be why Gloria Steinam stayed away from this film.


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