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 ...
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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Lipstick & Dynamite  »

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


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

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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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A wonderfully entertaining film about a fascinating subject
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most highly entertaining and intriguing independent films I have seen in a long time. The subject matter is fascinating, it's about women wrestlers. In particular, it's about women wrestlers of the 40's and 50's. More specifically this film's main characters are 6 women who worked for the notorious promoter Billy Wolfe. These ladies are the very best in the one can touch them as far as pure athletic talent, feminism and good old fashioned guts and glory is concerned. I was pleasantly surprised that the Fabulous Moolah was in this film as she is quite simply the best female wrestler ever to set foot inside the squared circle. This film puts to shame the scandalous "Bra and Panties" and "Evening Gown" matches that the sexist bookers of modern day currently showcase. These women were WRESTLERS in every sense of the word and the women who are wrestling today (and I use that term VERY loosely) could not hold a candle to them. Even to this day, the 80 plus year old Moolah and her wrestling partner "The Great" Mae Young are still in the ring kicking butt and taking names! What makes this film even more intriguing is the fact that each of these women persevered difficult upbringings, messy marriages, and various forms of violence throughout their rugged upbringings before they had ever even heard of a wrestling ring. The stories behind these ladies are the stuff of legends. These were not your plastic, Playboy-playmate, Barbie knock offs of today...these women were true athletes and pioneers of their MUST watch this film!

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