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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 ... Herself, Girl Wrestler 1942-1962 (as Gladys 'Killem' Gillem)
... Himself - Host of What's My Line (archive footage)
Mildred Burke ... Herself - World Champion Girl Wrestler (archive footage)
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
Lillian Ellison ... Herself - Girl Wrestler / Manager 1949-Present (as Fabulous Moolah)
... Herself - Panelist of To Tell the Truth (archive footage)
Karl Lauer ... Himself - Wrestling Promoter
Millie Stafford ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
Marie Laverne ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
Maria Bernardi ... Herself - Girl Wrestler
... Himself - WWE Chairman (archive footage)
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)  »

Also Known As:

Lipstick & Dynamite  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,982, 29 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,073, 12 June 2005
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Features clips of the TV news documentary "Lipstick & Dynamite" with the Mildred Burke vs. Mae Weston match for the Women's Wrestling Championship of the World, on March 20, 1947, included in the DVD digest "Wrasslin' She babes Vol 02" from SWV. See more »


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Written by Pete Curry
Performed by Los Straitjackets
Published by Halibutoons, BMI
Administered by Bug Music
From the record "Los Straitjackets in J.D."
Courtesy of Cavalcade Records
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These women were great!
3 June 2007 | by See 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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