The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders is a 1974 comedy-drama film written and directed by exploitation film auteur Jack Hill (who was credited for writing the film as Jane Witherspoon).

The Swinging Cheerleaders
Directed byJack Hill
Produced byJohn Prizer
Written byJack Hill
(Credited as Jane Witherspoon)
David Kidd
(Credited as Betty Conklin)
StarringJo Johnston
Rainbeaux Smith
Colleen Camp
Rosanne Katon
Music byWilliam Loose
CinematographyAlfred Taylor
Edited byMort Tubor
Distributed byCentaur Pictures
Release date
  • May 1974 (1974-05)
Running time
91 min
CountryUnited States

The film was also released under the titles Locker Room Girls and H.O.T.S. II. It is the sequel of sorts to the 1973 film The Cheerleaders, directed by Paul Glickler; and was itself followed by Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976), directed by Richard Lerner; and The Great American Girl Robbery (1979) (aka Cheerleaders Wild Weekend), directed by Jeff Werner.

Plot summary

In order to write an article for the Mesa University college newspaper on how cheerleading demeans women, Kate (Jo Johnston) infiltrates the cheerleading squad. The other cheerleaders deal with their own problems: Mary Ann (Colleen Camp) struggles to get her promiscuous football player boyfriend, Buck (Ron Hajek), to propose to her; Lisa (Rosanne Katon) is having an affair with statistics teacher Professor Thorpe (Jason Sommers); and Andrea (Rainbeaux Smith) debates whether or not to stay a virgin. Meanwhile, Kate uncovers unscrupulous dealings: the football coach (Jack Denton) and college dean (George D. Wallace) are in cahoots in rigging games to favor betting spreads that Professor Thorpe, who is also the bookie, arranges. Later Prof. Thorpe turns against the coach and dean as they turn against their star quarterback, who they want to convince to throw the game for a big payoff. When confronted, the quarterback refuses on principle and is arrested by university police, who plant a marijuana joint on him as they carry out the dean's ultimatum. The movie endorses defiance of authority, and questions the ideals of love and virginity.



The Swinging Cheerleaders was shot in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California.[2] According to co-writer/director Jack Hill, the film had a 12-day shoot. They started work on the script at the end of January 1974 and the movie was in theatres by May. The original title of the script was Stand Up and Holler so actresses would not think the film was about cheerleaders.[3]


The Swinging Cheerleaders had a 30-theater opening on September 4, 1974 in the San Francisco exchange territory and grossed $101,855 in its first week. The film also had early success at drive-in theaters in cities such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Auburn, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. It opened in 61 theaters in the New England area during the second week of September with 40 of those theaters reporting an estimated $130,000 in grosses.[4]

Randall Dale Adams and David Harris saw The Swinging Cheerleaders at a Dallas drive-in theater on November 28, 1976; it was the second of a double feature preceded by The Student Body (1976, directed by Gus Trikonis). Both men mentioned their attendance at the drive-in as part of their alibis while being investigated for the murder of Dallas Police Department Officer Robert W. Wood. In the Errol Morris documentary The Thin Blue Line, Adams claimed that he didn't feel comfortable with the film's content and so he and Harris left before the film was finished. A few scenes from The Swinging Cheerleaders are shown in The Thin Blue Line.[5]

Quentin Tarantino selected The Swinging Cheerleaders for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, in 1996.[2]


  1. Calum Waddell, Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film, McFarland, 2009 p174
  2. "The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)," Accessed Jan. 20, 2016.
  3. Jack Hill on The Swinging Cheerleaders at Trailers From Hell accessed 10 June 2012
  4. Box Office staff (September 30, 1974). "'Swinging Cheerleaders' Continues High Grosses". BoxOffice. BoxOffice Media. p. 5. ISSN 0006-8527.
  5. Morris, Errol, director. The Thin Blue Line (Miramax, 1988).
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