Cyndi Lauper played as Herself (archive footage)
Release: May 5, 2004
Ring legends such as The Fabulous Moolah and Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem Long provide candid insights into the history of women's professional wrestling.
The documentary tells its story by focusing on the careers of six women-The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem, Ida May Martinez, Ella Waldek and Penny Banner. It begins by describing the beginning of wrestling in the 1930s. By the 1940s, American men had to leave the country to fight in World War II, leaving females to take over the sport. At first, women's wrestling was seen as a side-show, and it was banned in several states. The film mostly focuses on these years-the 1940s-along with the 1950s and 1960s, better known as the "heyday of women's wrestling", when the sport became more accepted and popular.The six women are interviewed and tell their stories of why they entered wrestling. They also share tales of being exploited financially, unruly fans, and being physically abused. The film splices in archival footage of their matches, television clips, and footage from a 1951 movie entitled Racket Girls in between interviews. The film also covers their post-wrestling occupations: lion-tamer, detective, nurse, and yodeler. The film ends with footage from the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion, where they meet to swap stories. Watch Movies Online for Free on 10StarMovies.