The other day Netflix finally sent me Switchblade Sisters (aka The Jezebels), an exploitation movie from 1975 that Reyna has been telling me to watch for months. It’s about all-girl gang, the Dagger Debs, who terrorize anyone that gets in the way of them and their male counterparts, The Silver Daggers.
The Daggers Debs are led by Lace, which was an interesting casting choice in Robbie Lee, because her squeaky,Frenchie-from-Grease-voice usually makes for a quirky sidekick and not a feared gang leader. The actress unsurprisingly went on to do voice work for Rainbow Brite cartoons. She still be a scurry BADASS BROAD though.
The gang gets into a brawl with new-girl-on-turf Maggie, who ends up being a badass chola of her own and knocks Lace’s right hand woman ‘Patch’ on her booty with some sort of chic lasso whip. Lace sees this and develops a girlcrush on Maggie so she brings her into the gang and the two start a beautiful homance. But love makes people do crazy things, and even a strong independent gang leader like Lace can get insecure when a new hottie starts hanging around. Soon after welcoming Maggie as a fellow sista, Lace becomes suspicious of Maggie’s intentions with her papi chulo Dominique, leader of the Silver Daggers.
As you and I both know, cholitas are some of the most hopeless romantic people out there, so who can blame Lace for acting like a paranoid cray? And Maggie was actually a down ass ruca and didn’t try to take Lace’s mang. Dominique was the double-timing dique! Lots of cray things start to happen but I won’t spoil it for you so you can watch for yourself.
SO NOW.. let’s talk about these homegirls’ STYLE.
All black everything. Denim and leather. Giant belts, Daisy Dukes and thigh high boots. Decorated motorcycle jackets, skinny black pants tucked into stompers, satin bomber jackets which is an item that I have wanted in my closet for many years… I remember Betsey Johnson made one a few years ago that I still think about but never had! I will totally settle for one that has 1985 map of the Philippines on the back though.
Doesn’t this scene look like the one in The Runaways where Dakota was bleeding down her leg? I need a screencap to compare!
Trying to figure out what is wrapped around Lace’s Princess Leia hairmuffs here. BTW this movie totally came out before Star Wars.
Now Patch is the JEALOUZ instigator of the crew and is the one who starts drama when Maggie comes along. She lost her eye for the gang and sports a butterfly eyepatch. Since Switchblade Sisters is one of Tarantino’s fave movies, he was obviously influenced by Patch for Daryl Hannah’s character in Kill Bill. I remember my mom had some of these quinceañera wicker chairs when I was a kid and one day I got so mad I flipped all of them over. BABY HULK!
Later on the gang pulls a name change and becomes THE JEZEBELS.
Other favorite scenes of mine include a crazy brawl in a juvenile detention center and a roller rink shootout! If you had a girl gang what would you call it? Mine would be called The Fringed Femmes and we’d all have black hair and bangs of course!!