DirectorTed V. Mikels Music directorNicholas Carras CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 19, 1973 (1973-09-19) WriterJack Richesin (screenplay), Pam Eddy (screenplay), Ted V. Mikels (screenplay) ScreenplayTed V. Mikels, Jack Richesin, Pam Eddy CastMichael Ansara (Eamon O'Reilly), Francine York (Sabrina Kincaid), Anthony Eisley (Victor Connelly), John Carter (Senator Stockwell), Lisa Todd (Maria), Rafael Campos (Rafael) Similar moviesFuneral in Berlin, Billion Dollar Brain, The Ipcress File, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, 21 Jump Street
TaglineAn elite army of female assassins...in a race against time and death to save the world from a hideously diabolical mass destruction at the hands of a madman no one had ever seen!
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The Doll Squad is a 1973 low-budget action film Z movie by Feature-Faire that was later re-released under the title Seduce and Destroy. Directed, edited, co-written and co-produced by Ted V. Mikels, it features Francine York, Michael Ansara, John Carter, Anthony Eisley, Leigh Christian and Tura Satana. Mikels claimed he filmed it for a total cost of $256,000.
CIA operative Connolly (Eisley) assigns Sabrina (York), the leader of a group of five shapely female operatives individually selected by a computer. Code named the Doll Squad, they thwart the efforts of a madman who formerly worked alongside Sabrina as a fellow CIA agent who has become an entrepreneur to overthrow world governments. His plan is to release rats infected with bubonic plague.
Michael Ansara as Eamon O'Reilly
Francine York as Sabrina Kincaid
Anthony Eisley as Victor Connelly
John Carter as Senator Stockwell
Tura Satana as Lavelle Sumara
Lisa Todd as Maria
Rafael Campos as Rafael
Lillian Garrett as Nancy Malone
William Bagdad as Joseph
Herb Robins as Munson
Curt Matson as Captain Curran
Bertil Unger as Mr. Cahaymen
Gustaf Unger as Dr. Cahaymen
Judith McConnell as Elizabeth White
Jean London as Kim Duval
Time Inc. contributor Ed White notes that the visuals for the action sequences near the end of the film are unusually dark. This part of the film was shot in a single night. The multiple machine guns used by the actresses in this sequence was really a single weapon that was on temporarily loan to the director.
DVD reviewer and Rolling Stone contributor Doug Pratt called it "an enjoyable action romp". He adds, "the girls kick some serious butt and they look terrific in their hot black jumpsuits. Who can resist?" Film critic Michael Adams said the film is "so slow in parts I think it should be called The Dull Squad", but "it picks up at the end". He rated it a solid 37/100. Nonetheless, it has become something of a cult film for fans of actress Francine York.
This film may have been the inspiration for the Charlie's Angels television series. Aaron Spelling, who later produced the television series, and at the time was executive producer of Mod Squad, was invited to the premiere of this movie, and the lead member of the squad was named Sabrina, just as in Charlie's Angels. Quentin Tarantino has cited the film as an influence on his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in his film Kill Bill.