“Superchick” (1973)


Studio: Crown International Pictures
Starring: Joyce Jillson, Louis Quinn, Thomas Reardon, Tony Young, John Carradine
Directed by: Ed Forsyth
Rated: R
Running Time: 94 min.

Synopsis: A stewardess lives three different lives with three different men around the country.


Chris Woods

Another 70’s sex comedy/action from Crown International that usually puts out pretty entertaining films, but this one had potential but just didn’t deliver in the end. The film stars Joyce Jillson (who has been featured in such 60’s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Peyton Place) as Tara B. Truth who is a stewardess by day and super lover by night.

There’s actually a cool scene in the very beginning, where Tara, dressed in a conservative stewardess wardrobe and wearing a brunette wig, jumps into a phone booth and ducks down to emerge as a sexy vixen with flowing long blonde hair and wearing a sexy skin tight outfit. The music in the opening is not bad as well and works for the film.

Tara is having affairs with three different men in three different states when she’s on lay over. One is a brain surgeon in New York, the other a rock star in L.A., and the last is a beach bum stud in Miami. She goes around jumping from state to state and bed to bed, having adventures all over. Each man ask Tara to marry them but she always declines.

The movie sounds like it would be a good flick, but it’s not. There’s plenty of slow moments and is very boring at times. Sure, there’s a good amount of T&A, but the story falls short. They even add in the element of action and crime when a crime boss and his bumbling henchmen want to use Tara to help them get a half a million. They find out through her beach bum boyfriend, that owes them money, that Tara is a stewardess and could help them get the cash. A man they know who flies once a week on Tara’s flight to Las Vega is transferring money from a casino in the Bahamas. They try to get her to seek guns aboard for they could hold up the guy. This plot is right out of a 70’s sitcom and is done very poorly.

Horror legend, John Carradine makes a cameo as an ex-horror star that tries to kidnap Tara when she answers his ad for unique experiences. She enters his house that is filled with whips and chains. Carradine tries to chain her up but she turns the tables on him and gets away. Overall it’s a very useless scene.

Superchick wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be and not really worth a look. With only a few good moments, the overall film was poor. Hopefully my next viewing of a Crown International film will be a lot better.