The Original Charlie's Angels
Dennis L. Phelps | Texas | 05/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Female CIA agents perform as sanctioned assassins in this Action-Adventure. Starring: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Sherri Vernon, Tura Satana, Anthony Eisley, Rafael Campos and guest stars. Produced and Directed by Ted V. Mikels. A heartless arch villain plans to overthrow all the world's governments, by distributing RATS, infected with a test tube bubonic plague virus. Enter "THE DOLL SQUAD," an elite band of female commandos who are as dangerous and deadly as they are beautiful. (Where does Ted get all these girls?) The Doll Squad is skilled in martial arts and guerrilla warfare, and they use every trick in the book when they confront the evil madman on his isolated island fortress. As the forces of good and evil collide, all hell breaks loose in this explosive action adventure thriller! See if you can spot Ted V. Mikels in a cameo role as a murderous guard."
The greatest fighting force the world has ever known! Well,
Craig Edwards | By the sea in NC | 12/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Doll Squad (1973) People often ask me "Why do you watch all of those weird/awful/strange/bad movies?" Because every once in a while I see a movie as terrific as this one! This low budget action flick from producer/director Ted V. Mikels hits all the right notes and entertained me thoroughly from first frame to last. Bad guy Michael Ansara (Star Trek) is a renegade ex-CIA agent with delusions of Bond villain: he topples a rocket launch to get the US government's attention and then blackmails them with threat of a new super-bubonic plague he'll release everywhere. His price: to be made leader of the world! The US government's response? Agent Anthony Eisley (Dracula vs. Frankenstein) gives the word: send in the greatest counter espionage force in the world: The Doll Squad! Led by redhead Sabrina (Francine York), these women (including the notorious Tura Satana-Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) live by the three B's: bikinis, bullets, and bombs! They launch an all out assault on Ansara's island base and the bad guys don't stand a chance! This is the most entertaining movie I've seen from the ever eclectic Mikels, with lots of terrible 70's fashions, action, bikinis, machine guns, stunts and explosions, all set to a hip and happening 70's score. It's especially fun to notice not one explosion is done live, every one of them is instead superimposed in. (Safety first must be Ted's motto.) Strangely, there is no full nudity, though Tura does get in one scene with pasties. On the violence side though, we got kung fu, gun fu, knife fu, cigarette lighter flamethrower fu, bottle busted over head fu, bazooka fu, electric cord on wet guy fu, sword fu and explosive Mickey Finn fu! Awesome! Now, a lot has been said and written, starting with Ted V. Mikels himself, that this movie might have influenced producer Aaron Spelling into creating Charlie's Angels. It is interesting that the smart leader of the Doll Squad is named Sabrina, the same as the "smart one" of the Angels. I see the similiarities (women in sexy clothes battling bad guys) but there are differences too. The Angels usually went undercover in sexy outfits to get evidence to bring the bad guy down. The Doll Squad takes a boat out to the island and lays waste to everyone on it. I can see both sides, guess I'll stay on the fence for this one. But in any case, if you enjoy fast moving 70's style low budget action, you have got to check this one out!"