Racket Girls (1951) 1080p

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Action | Crime
Frame Rate:
24 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
70 min
IMDB Rating:
1.7 / 10 
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Directors: Robert C. Dertano [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Scalli is a gangster who manages women wrestlers as a front for his bookmaking, drug, and prostitution rackets. He trusts the wrong people and ends up trying to run away from both the police and mysterious mob boss Mr. Big, to whom he owes $35,000. This film features real-life wrestlers Peaches Page, Clara Mortensen (world champion wrestler), and Rita Martinez (champion of Mexico). —Vance Kochenderfer


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Rare look at women's wrestling

This is a bad movie, but its subject is interesting. Many decades ago, women's professional wrestling was once a business (briefly). The matches were fixed to benefit promoters and gamblers, so it was a sleazy operation and never a real "sport." The film tries to portray the dirty reality of women's wrestling, but as is often the case in the film business, the producer added other things to the mix, such as the wrestling manager's drug dealing and bookmaking. Yes, these wrestling promoters were crooks, but we've seen hundreds of cheap crime films. Why not just focus on the lives of the (exploited) women wrestlers? This story could have been used to make a classic film noir.

Many reviewers have compared this to an Ed Wood film, but as bad as "Racket Girls" is, it is a MUCH better film than anything he did. And the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version is excellent.

Finally, if you know a college student who's taking a history of film course, and wants to do a paper on women in film, this "bad" movie is actually very good subject material, especially for a feminist analysis. There is nothing subtle about the sexism that flows through this film like the Mississippi River.

"Strut Pout, Put it Out, That's What You Want from Grandma"

As Trace said it best, "I feel so wrong that this movie has stirred my loins for women who are long dead..."

Drive In drek

Schlock film producer George Weiss (High School Confidential, Glen or Glenda) covers the women's wrestling game in this crass clunker that opens with an overlong 15 minute match that pads the running time upfront before the lady grapplers get to go thespian. It gets pinned early.

Loathsome Umberto Scalli ( Tim Farrell) fronts for the mob, pimps and fixes wrestling matches. Along with assorted flunkies he's built a sleazy empire but is in a bind with the mob at the moment for some heavy dough. Meanwhile the girls continue to work out at the gym and wrestle in the ring as Scalli looks for ways to get some fast cash. He attempts to turn one young lady out while in another scheme tries to bribe the wrestlers into throwing matches.

Sloppy, unintentionally ironic and comic Racket Girls features actual champs Clara Mortensen and Rita Martinez taking umbrage at the slithering Scalli trying to get them to actually throw a match. Mortensen rails at him for trying to besmirch the dignity of the sport and its sense of fair play but later in the film after winning a match decides to kick her beaten opponent while down. The Amazonian Peaches Page is also on hand to be ogled and chauvinistically toyed with by the boys, a group of crumb bum wise guys out sleazed by Scalli. The character it seems turned out to be Tim Farrell's Rambo who would play him in two other films despite the handicap of being killed in all three; kind of like Heath Ledger as the Joker in one Batman. Racket Girls is a movie making mess that makes no apologies and does not have to since it already has your ticket money.
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