I have long argued that Exploitation films can and often do use the cover of making a cheap and sleazy film made to be consumed by the masses to sneak in certain political or social themes that may have been more controversial had they been presented in a more "respectable" film.
The Doll Squad (1973) Directed by Ted V Mikels Starring - Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, John Carter, Lisa Todd, Tura Satana. Released in the UK on DVD by 88 Films - 17th March 2014.
The Doll Squad is an all-girl squad of secret agents who do battle against some fruit cake intent on spreading bubonic plague via some rats. The villain's most nefarious scheme though was walking around his swinging bachelor pad hideout with his shirt unbuttoned halfway down his chest while it was drenched in his own flop...
Director: Ted V Mikels Stars: Michael Ansara, Francine York and Anthony Eisley Tura Satana got to be ahead of the curve a couple of times in her career. Our Man Flint dealt with man-made global warming in 1966. Here, Ted V Mikels starts The Doll Squad with the Challenger shuttle explosion in 1973.
Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay. York once declared the 1973 cult film "The Doll Squad" her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer.