Release Date: 3/25/2005 Documentary, Sports
From Hollywood.com
A chronicle that shines a spotlight on the forgotten first ladies of the ring who travelled carnivals and side shows of the 1940's. Gladys 'Killem' Gillem wrestled women, men, alligators and bears. At eighteen, Ida May Martinez took to the road to flash the only thing she knew--how to kick, punch, and defend herself. Narrowly escaping date rape at sixteen, Penny Banner trained for survival. Still kicking butt at age eighty, 'The Fabulous Moolah' and 'Johnnie Mae Young' live together with midget wrestler sidekick 'Diamond 'Lil', and continue to take bumps with World Wrestling Entertainment. In the documentary, each woman reflects on her own remarkable life with fond and bitter memories, reconciling a wild, flamboyant youth with the reality of getting older and fading away. It follows Moolah, Johnnie Mae and the girls for sixty years. Many bumps and falls later, we listen in as they discuss the money, the old days and what it's like to be a 'lady' in today's favorite guilty pleasure: spectator sport. The girls are taking on all comers. Are you ready?
Director: Ruth Leitman