2. PAM GRIER VS. ROBERTA COLLINS IN THE BIG DOLL HOUSE (1971)
In the pantheon of trashy, exploitative, and glorious woman-on-woman brawls, super-producer Roger Corman is the all-time ringmaster. Back in the 1970s, the B-movie kingpin turned drive-in cinemas into voyeuristic amusement parks with a series of romps about all-female prisons, where, naturally, lesbian inmates felt each other up, straight woman and same-sex ones alike engaged in catfights, and the guards were all sadistic perverts.
One of Corman’s earliest and most successful entries into this subgenre was The Big Doll House, in which Pam Grier plays a girl-loving, tough-as-nails jail bird; as she puts it, “I’m not going to let a man’s filthy hands touch me again!” Fine by us, since she does allow co-star Roberta Collins to smack her around a bit in one hell of a mud fight. Grier gets in a few licks of her own, but, in the end, it’s the soon-to-be Foxy Brown who’s face and boobies deep in sloppy, wet dirt.
Just to add insult to injury, Collins grabs Grier’s left arm, puts it one of those painful behind-the-back chicken wings your older brother used to do, and reigns triumphant as Grier calls her “the boss.” The lesson learned here: There’s nothing wrong with a little submission.