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Jean Porter ...
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8 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Pacemakers (1948-1949 season) #9: Roller Derby Girl  »

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Good look at female Roller Derby skaters
26 January 2008 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This film was part of the Paramount Pacemakers series, a group of short films that displayed Americans in the workplace, living their lives. It was nominated for best one-reel short film for the year 1949.

"New" skater Jean Porter, a beautiful young woman of Native American descent, decides to join the Roller Derby. She goes through the rigorous training and eventually (in the space of ten minutes!) tries out for a professional Roller Derby team. The famous Brooklyn Red Devil veteran villainess Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn really shows her how tough the sport can be, but Porter survives on grit and determination.

ROLLER DERBY GIRL was briefly syndicated to independent TV stations in the 1980s as part of a Republic Pictures movie package, banishing fears that it was a "lost" film.

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