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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.


Ruth Leitman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gladys Gillem Gladys Gillem ... Self - Girl Wrestler 1942-1962 (as Gladys 'Killem' Gillem)
John Daly ... Self - Host of What's My Line (archive footage)
Mildred Burke Mildred Burke ... Self - World Champion Girl Wrestler (archive footage)
Mae Young ... Self - Girl Wrestler 1940-Present
Ida May Martinez Ida May Martinez ... Self - Girl Wrestling 1952-1959
Penny Banner Penny Banner ... Self - Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Ella Waldek Ella Waldek ... Self - Girl Wrestler 1952-1971
Lillian Ellison ... Self - Girl Wrestler / Manager 1949-Present (as Fabulous Moolah)
Rita Gam ... Self - Panelist of To Tell the Truth (archive footage)
Karl Lauer Karl Lauer ... Self - Wrestling Promoter
Millie Stafford Millie Stafford ... Self - Girl Wrestler
Marie Laverne Marie Laverne ... Self - Girl Wrestler
Maria Bernardi Maria Bernardi ... Self - Girl Wrestler
Vince McMahon ... Self - WWE Chairman (archive footage)
Jack Pfeffer Jack Pfeffer ... Self - 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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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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These women were great!
3 June 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I have never seen a wrestling match with women. I don't know how common it was in the early seventies when I used to see some wrestling on TV when sitting at the bar on Sunday morning, but there was never any on. I have never seen the cuties that wrestle for the WWE now. So, I have nothing to compare, but I was just simply fascinated listening to these women and seeing clips from their matches in the 40s and 50s.

These women were the real thing. They were out there putting their bodies on the line and giving it all they had. Some complained that they were financially abused, but then I see them talk about all the things they could now buy that they couldn't before, so I don't know.

These were athletes in every sense of the word; not bimbo's that are doing it just to titillate.

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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 »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,046, 27 March 2005

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