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Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004)

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Ring legends such as The Fabulous Moolah and Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem Long provide candid insights into the history of women's professional wrestling.


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Complete credited cast:
Gladys Gillem ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler 1942-1962 (as Gladys 'Killem' Gillem)
Lillian Ellison ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler 1949-Present (as Fabulous Moolah)
Mae Young ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler 1940-Present
Ida May Martinez ...
Herself, Girl Wrestling 1952-1959
Penny Banner ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Ella Waldek ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lou Albano ...
Captain Lou Albano (archive footage)
Mars Bennett ...
Himself, Promoter
Maria Bernardi ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler
Eric Bischoff (archive footage)
Freddie Blassie ...
'Classy' Freddie Blassie (archive footage)
Janet Boyer-Wolfe ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler (archive footage)
Mildred Burke ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler (archive footage)
June Byers ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler
Rita Cortez-Lee ...
Herself, Girl Wrestler


Ring legends such as The Fabulous Moolah and Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem Long provide candid insights into the history of women's professional wrestling.

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Release Date:

5 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lipstick & Dynamite  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,982 (USA) (29 April 2005)


$26,073 (USA) (10 June 2005)

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Did You Know?


Alt-Country singer Neko Case, who performs on the soundtrack, discovered while watching a rough cut of the film that one of the wrestlers, Ella Waldek, is actually an aunt of hers whom she had never met before. They subsequently met for the first time at the film's premiere. See more »


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Grandma Vs The Crusher
Sung by (Reverend) Billy C. Wirtz
Published in the album, "Songs of Faith and Inflammation"
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Left out important players
8 October 2005 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

For the most part, I enjoyed the movie. It provided more information on the backgrounds and careers of the lady wrestlers than you find on most fan wrestling sites, books and magazines. I am surprised, and a little disappointed, that African American lady wrestlers were not included in this movie. I would think for every roadblock the featured wrestlers encountered, the African Americans would have encountered twice as many- one for sex and another for race. One needs only take a look at the book "Black Stars of Professional Wrestling," by Julian L.D. Shabazz, for names like Dinah Beamon, Mary Horton, Ethel Johnson and so many others. A couple of the ladies in movie did mention wrestling African American ladies. Maybe Ruth Leitman is saving that for her next movie.

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