THE DOLL SQUAD
1973, Vinegar Syndrome, 92 min, USA, Dir: Ted V. Mikels

When evil mastermind Michael Ansara threatens to unleash the bubonic plague, the government tries to stop him with a computer-selected team of female assassins led by Francine York (and including FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!’s Tura Satana). Shot in L.A., the California desert and on Catalina Island, years before anyone had ever heard of “Charlie's Angels,” this highly entertaining cult favorite boasts a wonderfully cheesy ’70s score and plenty of martial arts action and gunplay.


THE MANITOU
1978, Rialto Pictures, 104 min, USA, Dir: William Girdler

Gonzo 1970s drive-in movie madness, with Susan Strasberg as a young woman who has a 400-year-old medicine man growing out of her back. Tony Curtis stars as a bogus spiritualist who comes face-to-face with the midget demon, with the help of New Age midwife Michael Ansara. Must be seen to be believed.


NEW ORLEANS UNCENSORED
1955, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 76 min, USA, Dir: William Castle

William Castle takes his crew on location to the Big Easy for this entry in the 1950s exposé sweepstakes. Discharged Navy vet Arthur Franz (THE SNIPER) catches on as a longshoreman and quickly learns things on the docks are crooked as hell. When his buddy is killed in a suspicious accident, Franz decides to go undercover for the cops to take down local crime boss Michael Ansara. Of course, this means tussling as well with “Big Easies” Beverly Garland and Helene Stanton. “Filmed at White Heat… At the bottom of Desire Street!” Not on DVD!


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