Last Saturday a few of us got together to remember when life was good and we didn’t have global crises to worry about. The 1970’s were a great era for tacky stuff and one great example is the movie The Doll Squad, directed by Ted V. Mikels who was also responsible for several 70’s horror movies. It’s difficult to tell who the good girls and the bad girls are in The Doll Squad and the plot is pretty non-existent. What is omnipresent? Bad outfits, bad acting, ridiculous scenes of blowing fire, electrocution, spontaneous combustion. You get the picture. The trailer has all of the best tacky scenes so you don’t even need to watch it.
And then there was Police Woman. What a great show Angie Dickenson gave us in the 1970’s. I doubt it was inspired by The Doll Squad as it was far better. However, it definitely has it’s moments where you wonder “What the hell?”. The episode we watched called “Nothing Left to Lose” guest starred Patty Duke as police snitch La Rue Collins. La Rue is desperate to flee Los Angeles and go back to Arkansas to her soon. She’s so desperate that she has to resort to continually singing “Me and Bobby McGee” throughout the show!
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free, now now.
And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
You know feeling good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.
From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun,
Hey, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done,
Hey Bobby baby? kept me from the cold.
Here are all the lyrics to Me and Bobby McGee if you need a refresher. The tacky highlights of this episode were put together by my friend Douglas in this YouTube video below. Highlights: Patty Duke’s head banging into the car, the Liz Taylor drag queen wanting to get in the phone booth on a random LA corner, and the bus station gift shop attendant who was also the love child of Tyne Daly and Mackenzie Phillips.