DVD Review: The Doll Squad (1973)

The Doll Squad DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Ted V. Mikels

Starring: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, John Carter, Lisa Todd, Tura Satana

It is quite possible and very understandable that you could mistake The Doll Squad for being a spoof movie, especially as in the first 10 minutes we have an exploding rocket (or a fuzzy red blob that is meant to be an explosion), government officials being threatened, psychedelic opening credits with a naff early ’70s theme tune (that sounds uncannily like the music from Dracula A.D. 1972) and a computer print-out calling the titular Doll Squad into action. But The Doll Squad is no spoof or loving homage to a bygone era – it’s the real deal.

A plot rundown isn’t really necessary as what you basically have here is Charlie’s Angels without the budget; indeed, this film preceded Farrah Fawcett and co. by about three years and director Ted V. Mikels isn’t too shy about letting people know that. But if you really want to know, a terrorist named O’Reilly (Michael Ansara) is threatening to unleash a virus into the world and blows up an American space shuttle to show he means what he says. Cue the intervention of the Doll Squad, a team of highly trained undercover female operatives led by Sabrina Kincaid (Francine York), who just happens to be a former lover of O’Reilly’s, and much hilarity ensues.

Sexy but surprisingly sexless, The Doll Squad gets by on enjoyment factor alone – you would have to be a seriously uptight misery not to grin like a loon when a pair of soldiers are given a drink that makes them explode (it’s those red fuzzy blobs again) – and although the effects are rough, the acting pretty lame and the camera work shaky, it all adds to the charm, of which there is plenty. Good fun and probably Ted V. Mikels’ most enjoyable film.

The Doll Squad

Special Features: Audio commentary with director Ted V. Mikels, reversible sleeve, Making The Doll Squad with Tura Satana featurette, trailers.

UK Release Date: 17th March 2014

88 Films – Website


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