Friday, September 18, 2009

Female Wrestling Films

Since I'm not bound to the WWE or TNA here, I thought I would do a little something different here and take a look at female wrestling movies.
Or at least movies that have female wrestling in them.

The first movie I found was the 1951 film Racket Girls (also called Blonde Pickup and Pin Down Girls)
Bad beyond belief (it had the "honor" of appearing on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000), the film actually has a few notable appearances.
One is Timothy Farrell who appeared in Ed Wood's Jail Bait, The Violent Years, and Glen or Glenda.
And two is that female pro wrestlers Clara Mortensen and Rita Martínez are in it.
There are also two uncredited female wrestlers, The Leopard Lady and The Panther Woman.
I wonder if they were real also?

Of course Lucha Libre had a run of movies with female wrestlers in them like 1963's Las luchadoras contra el médico asesino (released in the US as Rock 'N Roll Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Ape), Las luchadoras contra la momia (1964), released here as (Rock 'N Roll Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy) and 1969's Las luchadoras vs el robot asesino (Wrestling Women versus the Murderous Robot).
I did write ups on most of these on one of my Luchadora blogs.

And of course we have the classic (well classic to me at least, I saw it in the theatre when it came out) …All the Marbles (aka The California Dolls).
All The Marbles came out in 1981 and was directed by the legendary Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte and The Dirty Dozen).
It starred Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, and Laurene Landon and legendary female wrestler Mildred Burke actually taught Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon how to wrestle for their parts in the movie.
Although the movie didn't do too well in the US, it did great in Japan and overseas, and a sequal was actually planned, but the death of Robert Aldrich killed that.
I have to say one thing I never say regarding movies....
"Hey Hollywood, how about a remake?"

Then we have 1989's American Angels: Baptism of Blood.
This movie starred Jan MacKenzie, Mimi Lesseos (The Magnificent Mimi) and Tray Loren.
Plus it had a lot of female wrestlers from the women's wrestling promotion Powerful Women of Wrestling (another product of GLOW's David McLane).

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I know Sue Sexton was in it, Jane Hamlin (California Doll in GLOW and Malibu in POWW) and Jan Flame ( I think she wrestled for POWW and a few independent producers, you'd know her if you saw her).

Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy (2006) wasn't really about female wrestling specifically, but it did have April Hunter and Chyna in it.
Man, think of the tag team THAT would have made!
WCW and WWF star Debra Marshall also made an appearance in the movie

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