Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 7, Episode 16

Racket Girls (26 Nov. 1994)

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Mike and the 'bots go "boing" watching Are You Ready for Marriage? (1950) and Racket Girls (1951). Meanwhile, Tom Servo and Crow prepare to be married.



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Episode cast overview:
Jim Mallon ...
Frank Conniff ...
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Paul Chaplin ...
Mary Jo Pehl ...
Tourist / Jan
Patrick Brantseg ...
Tourist (as Patick Brantseg)


Mike and the 'bots go "boing" watching Are You Ready for Marriage? (1950) and Racket Girls (1951). Meanwhile, Tom Servo and Crow prepare to be married.

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[the camera zooms in on a female character with a pensive look on her face. Mike and the Bots start making gunfire and explosion noises]
Crow T. Robot: Marines, we are leaving!
[camera cuts back]
Mike Nelson: Sorry, I was back in Da Nang there.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »


Written by Charlie Dore and Julian Littman
Performed by Trace Beaulieu
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Big Girls and Long Shorts
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not being overly familiar with mobster slang, I assumed Racket Girls would be a charming little romp about the Sapphic exploits of tennis stars. You can imagine my delight on discovering that wrestling substituted for tennis and illegal gambling substituted for tennis.

Noted Edwoodian player, Tim Farrell, renders the part of Umberto Scalli, a bookie who uses ladies wrestling as a cover. Unfortunately for Mr. Scalli, he is in big, for 35 big ones, to big time mob boss, Mr. Big, although that name may be an alias. Scalli's erring antics also earn attention from the other Mr. Big, Big Brother. Between fending off the Justice Department and the Mr. Big boys, Scalli nobbles a race horse, romances wrestling hopeful (the porcine Peaches Page), and tries to nobble a wrestling bout - he fails because those athletes evince too much integrity to rig fights. Female wrestling, it seems, was one of the few sports that remained "clean" and, fortunately, still does. And fortunately, Scalli works quickly leaving plenty of time for interminable footage of women grappling.

Racket Girls has a lot about it that is funny, yet not nearly enough to fill an entire movie. Amazingly, bouts between the likes of the Leopard Lady and the Panther Lady are far less thrilling than one would anticipate, and Mike and 'bots struggle to fill the hole with quips, though judging from the cheering on the soundtrack, the crowd at ring-side was going completely insane. Well, it was the fifties and they had no Lady Gaga. The whole affair leaves the impression that women's wrestling in the fifties achieved a glamor only rivaled by men's wrestling in the fifties.

While the main feature drags a bit, the episode as a whole surges on the fairly long short, "Are You Ready for Marriage?" It supplies a feast of cruddy material and the guys rip through it brilliantly. Possibly the funniest short of the entire series.

Skits take off from the film and short, and concern Crow marrying Servo and their wedding ending in a wrestling match. Nice.

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