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Maggie's Stiletto Sisters (1975)

The Jezebels (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 May 1975 (USA)
The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood.


Jack Hill


Jack Hill (story), F.X. Maier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Lee ... Lace
Joanne Nail ... Maggie
Monica Gayle ... Patch
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Dominic
Chase Newhart Chase Newhart ... Crabs
Marlene Clark ... Muff
Kitty Bruce ... Donut
Janice Karman ... Bunny
Don Stark ... Hook
Don Marino Don Marino ... Guido
Helene Nelson Helene Nelson ... Cherry
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Fingers
Paul Lichtman Paul Lichtman ... Mr. Clutch
J.S. Johnson J.S. Johnson ... Principal Weasel
Kate Murtagh ... Mom Smackley


The "Dagger Debs" are a gang of snarling girls, and Maggie is their newest member. Lace, the ever tooth-gritting leader, befriends her but soon has doubts --it seems Lace's man, Dominic, head of the "Silver Daggers" fancies the new recruit. Lace struggles to keep control of the Debs, and a handle on Nick, as they face off against the rival gang of pushers lead by Crabs. Written by Matthew Otto <matthew.otto@sheridanc.on.ca>

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So easy to kill. So hard to love. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


When introducing the film at Fantastisk Film Festival 1995 in Lund, Sweden, where it was screened under the title Switchblade Sisters, writer/director Jack Hill claimed that he had based the script on Shakespeare's Othello. See more »


Lace cuts the necktie from the man in the elevator leaving about 6 inches of tie. When he identifies the ladies with the police moments later his tie is much longer. See more »


Cop: Let me give you some advice.
Maggie: No, let me give you some advice, cop. You can beat us, chain us, lock us up. But we're gonna be back, understand? And when we do, cop, you better keep your ass off our turf, or we'll BLOW IT OFF! Ya dig? We're Jezebels, cop - remember that name. We'll be back!
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Sensational Seventies She-Devils!
7 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Jack Hill's 'Switchblade Sisters' is a wild ride that will have you hooked from the get go! It's everything I hoped Ted V. Mikels disappointing 'The Doll Squad' was going to be - a trashy, campy slice of 1970s exploitation that manages to be self-parodic AND take its subject matter seriously simultaneously. Happily, 'Switchblade Sisters' is so good you'd think you'd dreamed it yourself.

Robbie Lee plays Lace the Debs' leader, and fulfills all the promise she showed in Roger Corman's 'Big Bad Mama' the previous year. She's cute but deadly, and why she never became a major star is hard to fathom. Most of the other girls, particularly gang newcomer Maggie (Joanne Nail), and Lace's former second in command Patch (Monica Gayle), are also sexy and dangerous, but none show the sheer charisma of Lee's Lace, surely up there with Tura Satana, Pam Grier or Raven de la Croix as a proto-feminist icon of the drive-in era.

'Switchblade Sister' is trash par excellence. You will both laugh at and laugh with the Dagger Debs and their rival gang, the disco-dudded Crabs, who could easily walk off this movie and straight into 'The Warriors', another surreal gang movie, directed by another Hill, Walter. Both Hill's deserve their place in psychotronic history!

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Release Date:

1 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playgirl Gang See more »


Box Office


$320,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,532, 16 June 1996

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Production Co:

Centaur Pictures Inc. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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