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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gladys Gillem Gladys Gillem ... Herself, Girl Wrestler 1942-1962 (as Gladys 'Killem' Gillem)
John Daly ... Himself - Host of What's My Line (archive footage)
Mildred Burke Mildred Burke ... Herself - World Champion Girl Wrestler (archive footage)
Mae Young Mae Young ... Herself, Girl Wrestler 1940-Present
Ida May Martinez Ida May Martinez ... Herself, Girl Wrestling 1952-1959
Penny Banner Penny Banner ... Herself, Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Ella Waldek Ella Waldek ... Herself, Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Lillian Ellison Lillian Ellison ... Herself - Girl Wrestler / Manager 1949-Present (as Fabulous Moolah)
Rita Gam ... Herself - Panelist of To Tell the Truth (archive footage)
Karl Lauer Karl Lauer ... Himself - Wrestling Promoter
Millie Stafford Millie Stafford ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
Marie Laverne Marie Laverne ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
Maria Bernardi Maria Bernardi ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
Vince McMahon ... Himself - WWE Chairman (archive footage)
Jack Pfeffer Jack Pfeffer ... Himself - Wrestling Promoter (archive footage)


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Lipstick & Dynamite See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,982, 29 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,073, 12 June 2005
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Did You Know?


"Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women's Wrestling", by Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy, dedicates four pages to the film's production and content. See more »


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Performed by Neko Case & The Sadies
Published by Plangent Visions, ASCAP
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the way it REALLY was
13 June 2004 | by colcamSee all my reviews

Here's a story we haven't been told repeatedly, a story of the way it really was "way back when."

"Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling" interviews the rather plain spoken, straightforward women who were the pioneers of women's wrestling, back when it was know as "the girl wrestlers." Anyone who wonders just how far the women's rights movement has actually come needs to watch this, and then be thankful that these 'tough broads' paved the way for women to be what they want, just like men-- and just like men, no matter how stupid the goal, it gets to be their choice.

I want this doc on DVD. Tough, brutal, plain, and worth every moment. .

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