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Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 1

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   — Professional Wrestling in Film & on TV —
Volume 1

The Rasslin' Match (1934)
[Amos ‘n’ Andy cartoon, 1934]
  Produced by the Van Beuren Studios.  Kingfish walks into the Fresh Air taxi cab company to tell Andy about his latest scheme.  Andy will wrestle Bullneck Mooseface for the championship of the world.  Andy immediately agrees, despite Amos trying to dissuade him.  In the gym, Kingfish introduces Andy to his trainer, Brother Hercules, a small guy who seems to be as strong as his namesake as he effortlessly tosses Andy around.
10 minutes, 42 seconds

The Abbott and Costello Show: The Wrestling Story
[TV show, aired January 1, 1952, season 7, episode 1]
  Lou [Lou Costello] and Stinky [Joe Besser] agree to settle their differences with a wrestling match.  When Stinky becomes ill, his little brother, Ivan the Terrible, takes his place.
25 minutes, 57 seconds

Alias the Champ
[Feature film, 1949]
  New York gangsters trying to muscle in on the California wrestling scene come up against a wrestler [Gorgeous George] who won't knuckle under.  When they frame him for the murder of a fellow wrestler [Sam Menacker], his manager and a cop set out to clear his name, catch the real killers, and save the reputation of the sport of wrestling.  Wrestlers Henry (Bomber) Kulky [Kulkovich], Billy Varga, Jack "Sockeye" MacDonald, and the Super Swedish Angel are also in the movie.
68 minutes, 50 seconds

Official Films Present: Sport Beams
Scrambled Legs
  Narration by Dan Seymour.  Documentary look at the Dusek Brothers in training.

Run time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 2

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Volume 2

Bunny Hugged
[Warner Brothers cartoon, 1951]
  A wrestling match pits professional wrestler Ravishing Ronald, "a de-natured boy" (a parody of Gorgeous George and "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers) against current champion The Crusher.  Bugs Bunny, the mascot of Ravishing Ronald ("it's a living"), watches from a corner as The Crusher uses Ronald, tied up in his own hairnet, as a punching bag.  Worried that he's losing his "bread and butter," Bugs enters the match as "The Masked Terror," wearing a mask over his face.  The Crusher sees the new opponent as "fresh meat," disposes of Ronald (whose signs "HELP," "SOS" and "FOUL" go unanswered), and goes after Bugs.
7 minutes, 14 seconds

Grips, Grunts and Groans
[Three Stooges comedy short, 1937]
  The stooges become trainers of "Bustoff," a champion wrestler.  The big boss has a lot of money bet on Bustoff and orders the boys to take good care of him.  Instead, they accidentally knock him out and Curly must disguise himself as Bustoff and wrestle in his place.  The match doesn't go very well until Curly smells "Wild Hyacinth" perfume on a lady fan at ringside.  This drives him crazy and he knocks out his opponent and half the people in the stadium.
18 minutes, 51 seconds

[Feature film, 1932]
  Polakai [Wallace Beery], an affable waiter who is also a wrestler, meets Laura Nash [Karen Morley], an ex-con, and falls in love.  Even though Polakai is kind to her, she pines for Nick, her old partner in crime, and convinces Polakai to bail him out of jail.  When she tells Nick she’s pregnant, he moves to America.  She then convinces Polakai the baby is his and they also move to America, where Polakai pursues the wrestling title of the world and Nick becomes his manager.  Nick encourages him to throw fights, which throws Polokai into professional and personal ruin.
  Legendary director John Ford brings his clean, visually poetic style to Flesh, guiding Wallace Beery (in the year of his Best Actor Oscar win for The Champ) and Karen Morley (Scarface) to some of the finest work of their careers.  As touching as it is uncompromising, Flesh takes its characters to the dark regions of their souls … and ends with a quiet, unforgettable scene that offers a hope for redemption.
  Includes appearances by wrestlers Nat Pendleton and Wladek Zbyszko.
96 minutes

Run time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 3

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Volume 3

Porky the Wrestler
[Warner Brothers cartoon, 1937]
  Porky Pig, along with everyone else, is hitchhiking to the big wrestling match.  He gets a ride from the challenger, but at the arena, Porky is mistaken for the challenger and gets thrown into the ring.  The champ is making mincemeat of Porky when Porky crawls out and has the champ tying himself in knots, then swallowing a spectator's pipe and doing a steam locomotive impression.
6 minutes, 47 seconds

Came the Brawn
[Little Rascals comedy short, 1938]
  Spanky is passing off Alfalfa as a champion wrestler, and the two of them are trying to find an opponent that can't beat him.  They eventually decide on Waldo, who is to be disguised as the Masked Marvel.  When Butch catches wind of this, he switches places with Waldo and bounces Alfalfa around.
10 minutes, 47 seconds

Catch As Catch Can [1931]
[Short subject]
  The second of 16 Thelma Todd-Zasu Pitts comedy shorts for producer Hal Roach, this two-reeler proved to be one of the team's very best.  Homesick in the big city, Zasu falls in love with a wrestler named Strangler Sullivan [Guinn "Big Boy" Williams] from her hometown of Joplin, MO.  He feels certain that he can win his final match if only she appears in the audience wearing a certain lucky hat.  Arriving with girlfriend Thelma, who's dating Williams' fight manager Harry [Reed Howes], Zasu promptly loses her hat in the crowd and pandemonium ensues.
10 minutes, 31 seconds

Racket Girls
[Movie trailer, 1951]
4 minutes, 8 seconds

Racket Girls
[Feature film, 1951]
  aka "Blonde Pickup, " aka "Pin Down Girls."
  Scalli [Timothy Farrell] 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 [Phil Bernard], to whom he owes $35,000.  This film features real-life wrestlers Peaches Page, Clara Mortensen (world champion), and Rita Martinez (champion of Mexico).
71 minutes

Run time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 4

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Volume 4

Laverne and Shirley: In This Corner
[TV show, aired September 27, 1977, season 2, episode 2]
  For the sake of charity, Laverne [Penny Marshall] agrees to participate in a female tag-team wrestling match.  When Laverne's partner pulls up injured, Shirley [Cindy Williams] is coaxed into the ring, terrified at the prospect.  And with good reason: one of the girls' opponents turns out to be a muscle-bound Amazon whom they had earlier insulted during a traffic altercation.
25 minutes, 9 seconds

The Munsters: Herman the Great
[TV show, aired 1964-11-12, season 1, episode 8]
  Herman bends a metal pipe in front of one of Eddie's friends, whose father is a wrestling manager.  The father recruits Herman to be a professional wrestler under the name "The Masked Marvel."  Herman, however, is a natural loser as he listens to the sob stories of his opponents and lets them win.
  Gene LeBell plays Herman’s final opponent, "The Strangler."  Wrestlers Billy Varga, Jay York, Matt Murphy, and Gene LeBell, along with ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., all make appearances.
25 minutes, 29 seconds

Swing Your Lady
[Feature film, 1938]
  Wrestler Joe Skopapolous [Nat Pendleton], together with his manager, Ed [Humphrey Bogart], and his trainers, Popeye and Shiner, arrives in a small town in the Ozarks hoping to promote a wrestling match.  Things look hopeless because there is no local candidate for Joe's opponent until Ed meets the blacksmith, a woman named Sadie.  Believing it would be a good gimmick for Joe to wrestle with Sadie, Ed offers her $100 to compete.  She readily agrees because she needs the money to buy a suite of bedroom furniture.  Unfortunately for Ed's plans, Joe meets Sadie on a training run and falls madly in love with the large woman.
Appearances by wrestler Daniel Boone Savage.
77 minutes

Run time: 2 hours, 7 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 5

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Volume 5

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Rass’lin’ Clampetts
[TV show, aired January 31, 1968, season 6, episode 22]
  Granny has been in a bad mood for a while, so the Clampetts put up the cabin to cheer her up.  After singing and rocking, Granny starts getting happier, but Mrs. Drysdale comes over to complain about the shack and gets in a fight with Granny.  After Jed hears about this, he tells Granny that city women don’t fight like this, but Jethro tells him they do on TV.  That night, Granny, as well as the rest of the clan, tune into Ladies Wrestling, watching the Boston Strong Girl fight Rebecca of Donnybrook farm.  But, Granny thinks that this whole fight is real, as well as Rebecca’s sad story.  After watching the Boston Strong Girl beat up Rebecca, Granny decides to take care of things herself.  She heads down to the wrestling arena and beats up the Boston Strong Girl.  Gene LeBell plays the referee.
22 minutes, 27 seconds

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Great Tag-Team Match
[TV show, aired February 7, 1968, season 6, episode 23]
  It’s the day after Granny beat up the Boston Strong Girl, making her the new champ, and the Clampetts are celebrating Granny’s great victory.  But not all is well.  The woman who plays the Boston Strong Girl is in trouble for getting beat up.  The woman who plays Rebecca of Donnybrook Farm, a former topless waitress, has learned the truth, getting an invitation from Granny to visit.  Their manager, Gene Booth, sees this as an opportunity to get Granny to fight, after hearing the huge ratings the fight got, thinking the Clampetts are poor.  They later learn that the Clampetts are well off.  Granny isn’t interested at first, but after hearing that Rebecca and her family have to fight the Boston Strong Girl’s family and meeting the Boston Strong Girl’s parents, she agrees to a tag team match: The Clampetts, representing Rebecca’s family, and the Boston Strong Girl’s family.  The fight happens, and Granny beats up all three of them, single-handed.  Mike Mazurki plays the Boston Strong Girl's father.  Gene LeBell plays the referee.
22 minutes, 22 seconds

Sit Tight
[Movie trailer, 1931]

Sit Tight
[Feature film, 1931]
  Jojo Mullins [Joe E. Brown] has an eye for the ladies, although his heart belongs to the manager [Winnie Lightner] of the health club where he works.  Brown learns to wrestle by correspondence and is matched against a muscle-bound masked opponent named Olaf [Frank Hagney].  To make matters worse, the masked marauder is convinced that his wife has been fooling around with JoJo.  JoJo is knocked out early in the proceedings, whereupon he dreams he's a sultan surrounded by harem girls.  A romantic subplot involves Paul Gregory and Claudia Dell.  Gregory works for Dell's father and Dell asks her father to give Gregory a promotion so that she can spend more time with him.  When Gregory refuses to be promoted without earning the position, she threatens to have him fired and Gregory quits his job.  Gregory attempts to start a new career as a championship wrestler and is trained by Lightner and Brown.  When Dell finds out about this, she attempts to stop him and asks for his forgiveness.  She pleads with him to not fight, but he has already promised.  Surprisingly, this was filmed as a musical, but with the public growing weary of musicals, most of the tunes were jettisoned prior to release.  What remains is a wrestling comedy filled with plenty of pre-Code friskiness.
76 minutes, 19 seconds

Run time: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 6

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   — Professional Wrestling in Film & on TV —
Volume 6

Big Show-Off, The
[Feature film, 1945]
  Joe Bagley [Lionel Stander], owner of the Blue Heaven Club, tries to foster a romance between shy pianist Sandy Elliott [Arthur Lake] and band vocalist June Mayfield [Dale Evans].  Joe tells June that Sandy is really a professional, masked wrestler known as "The Devil."  Wally Porter [George Meeker], also in love with June, doesn't believe the story.  The real wrestler breaks a leg in a match and Sandy, in order to keep up the ruse, now has to wear a cast on his leg.  June attends a match and hears the real Devil announce his engagement to another girl.  Sammy Stein as wrestler Boris the Bulgar.
59 minutes, 56 seconds

No Holds Barred
[Feature film, 1952]
  This "Bowery Boys" entry is an on-target satire of TV wrestling (which, if anything, is even sillier in the 1990s than it was in 1952).  Through a freak of nature, Sach Jones [Huntz Hall] develops a cranium so hard that it is impervious to pain.  Capitalizing on this phenomenon, Sach's pal Slip Mahoney [Leo Gorcey] enters Sach in a wrestling match, during which his great strength re-manifests itself in his fingers.  With each subsequent wrestling bout, Sach's super strength shifts to another part of his body. When slated to take on real-life wrestler Hombre Montana in the ring, Sach nearly meets his Waterloo until the last moment, when he develops extra-human strength in his backside.
  Never believable for a single moment, No Holds Barred is one of the best and funniest of the 48 "Bowery Boys" films.
  Wrestlers making guest appearances include Henry Kulky (as Mike the Mauler), Pat Fraley (as himself), Brother Frank Jares (as himself), John Smith (as himself), Hombre Montana (as himself), Ted Christy (as himself), and Mike Ruby (referee).
65 minutes, 32 seconds

Run time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 7

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Volume 7

Wrestling Wrecks
[Walter Lantz cartoon, release date July 20, 1953]
  Woody Woodpecker is watching a wrestling match on TV.  It's "Precious Percy" (Woody's favorite) versus his opponent, "Bull Dozer".  Eventually, Woody's dog gets overexcited and inadvertently breaks his TV set, forcing Woody to watch the match in person at the arena.  While in the audience, he tries to help Percy win the match through underhanded tactics.  However, when Bull still defeats Percy, Woody decides to take on Bull all by himself.
6 minutes, 8 seconds

The Adventures of Superman: No Holds Barred
[TV show, aired November 21, 1952, season 1, episode 11]
  Bad Luck Brannigan, a wrestler working for a crooked promoter, uses "the paralyzer" to cripple opponents.  Clark Kent discovers the promoter has imprisoned an immigrant dubbed "the swami," who has extensive knowledge of the body's pressure points.  In his Superman identity, Clark sees the immigrant.  "The swami" instructs Superman in his techniques.  As Clark, he then teaches a college wrestler — who has publicly challenged Brannigan — how to counter "the paralyzer."
  Wrestlers include Gino Garibaldi, Krippler Karl Davis, and Hans Schnabel, who plays "Salt Simmons." (Schroeder hits Superman over the head with a chair).
25 minutes, 26 seconds

Requiem for a Heavyweight
[TV show, aired on Playhouse 90, October 11, 1956]
  Harlan "Mountain" McClintock [Jack Palance], a once-promising, but now washed-up boxer, faces the end of his career after he is savagely defeated by a younger boxer.  A fight doctor refuses to certify McClintock for further boxing, saying that another rough match could blind or even kill him.  Boxing is all McClintock has ever known.  His manager persuades him to turn to professional wrestling, although McClintock is proud that he never had a fixed fight and is uncomfortable with the staged, predetermined wrestling match.
  Appearances by boxers Max Baer and Max Rosenbloom and wrestlers Ted Christy, Karl "Killer" Davis, and Ivan Rasputin.
90 minutes

Run time: 2 hours, 1 minute

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 8

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Volume 8

Rasslin' Round
[Ub Iwerks cartoon, 1930]
  Shoeshine boy Willie recalls to one of his customers how he had once beaten the wrestling champ (the dreaded Masked Marvel) in the ring, totally oblivious to the fact that his customers is the world's wrestling champ.  The story then unfolds, with Willie getting ready for the match, then going in to face the big brute.
7 minutes, 4 seconds

Burke’s Law: Who Killed the Strangler?
[TV show, aired January 6, 1965, season 2, episode 16]
  The Strangler [Gene LeBell], a famous wrestler, is slain during a charity match and the killer is one of five people seated in the "Gold Row" — the victim's sister [Annette Funicello] (who has a split personality), his wrestling rival [Billy Varga], a fashionable socialite, a "method" sportswriter [Frankie Avalon], and a very wealthy old lady with a strong affinity for wrestling violence.  The weapon?  A poisoned dart.  How was the murder committed without the killer being seen?  After watching a tape of the event, over and over, he's not sure if he hasn't seen footage of the actual killing.  Millionaire detective Amos Burke ultimately traps the killer into confessing by claiming to have found the murderer’s "lip prints" on the murder "weapon."
47 minutes, 38 seconds

The Sport Parade
[Feature film, 1932]
  Dartmouth football stars Sandy Brown and Johnny Baker follow different paths after college: Baker becomes a sports reporter, while pal Brown chases the money of the pro wrestling game, but ends up as a wrestler with big debts after becoming involved with crooked promoters.  Irene Stewart is the woman that comes between them, and a bored radio announcer adds the few light moments as he follows their careers.  The best moments belong to Robert Benchley as a sublimely inaccurate radio sportscaster.
  Sport Parade was co-written by the prolific Corey Ford, who later cheerfully admitted he knew nothing about the subject of wrestling, but was just following studio orders by churning out this indifferent little charade.  The film includes location shots of New York City in 1932.
  The film has become famous for certain Pre-Code scenes, including William Gargan [Baker] snapping a wet towel at Joel McCrea [Brown] in a scene where football players can be seen taking a shower in the background.
64 minutes, 11 seconds

Run time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 9

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Volume 9

Palooka from Paducah
[Comedy short, release date January 11, 1935]
  Buster Keaton began his career in vaudeville as a child, starring with his father Joe and mother Myra as The Three Keatons.  This clever Educational two-reeler reunites the trio and adds Buster's sister, Louise, in the bargain.  They play a family of hill folk that make moonshine, but who pin their hopes on turning their oversized son Elmer [Dewey Robinson] into a champion wrestler.  The big tournament held in Paducah finds Elmer in the ring with the lethal Bullfrog Kraus [Bull Montana].  When Kraus starts getting too rough with Elmer, the entire family throws itself at the wrestler and annihilates him, winning the bout.
20 minutes, 4 seconds

British Pathe
[Wrestling newsreel, 1935]
  Hans Schnabel vs unknown wrestler.
2 minutes, 19 seconds

Night and the City
[Feature film, 1950]
  Harry Fabian [Richard Widmark] is a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out.  One day, when he encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius the Great [Stanislaus Zbyszko], at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo [Herbert Lom], he dreams up a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence.  Of course, as Fabian attempts to con everyone around him to get his scheme to work, he only ends up conning himself.
  This is an interesting tale of blind ambition, self-deception, broken dreams, and how a man, who always thinks he's ahead of the game, ends up tripping himself very badly.  Mike Mazurki plays The Strangler.
96 minutes

Run time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 10

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Volume 10

Heartbeat: Thanks to Alfred
[TV show, aired November 17, 1996, season 6, episode 12]
  The famous wrestler, the Masked Marvel, is coming to Aidensfield and, as usual, he challenges all locals to a match with a prize to anyone who can unmask him.  But he's staying with Claude Greengrass [Bill Maynard], and Claude’s dog, Alfred, takes exception to his mask and bites him in the leg.  Since nobody knows what he looks like without the mask, Greengrass and his manager [Pat Starr], make him train one of the local rugby players.  When nobody notices the switch, the Masked Marvel's manager is thrilled and realizes there's no limit to the amount of times he can interchange players.  The original "Masked Marvel" is upset about being replaced and decides to do something about it.  He ends up coming out on top when he wrestles without the mask.
  Wrestlers include Pat Roach as the Masked Marvel and Dave Hipkiss (billed simply as a wrestler).  Hipkiss was injured during the filming of the episode and sued Yorkshire TV for 30,000 pounds, claiming it ended his career as a professional wrestler.
51 minutes, 9 seconds

Straight Place and Show
[Feature film, 1938]
  In this musical comedy, the Ritz Brothers inherit a racehorse but are unable to make money from him because they cannot come up with the $1,000 needed to enter him in the big race.  The two get involved with the race, anyway, when they overhear a group of Russian jockeys conspiring to ruin the race.  Harry Ritz talks a wrestling promoter into paying him $1,000 to wrestle "Terrible Turk" (played by wrestler Tiny Roebuck) and they use it to help a young man train the horse of his fiancée.  The brothers then masquerade as the crooked riders and mayhem ensues.
1 hour, 8 minutes

Run time: 1 hour, 59 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 11

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Volume 11

La Lotta (Wrestling)
[Documentary, 1961]
  "Wrestling" (original French title: La Lotta) is a 1961 documentary film about professional wrestling in Montreal, co-directed by Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier and Claude Jutra.  No narration, only direct sound and silent-film-style inter-titles.
  "Wrestling" was shot in the Montreal Forum, where major bouts were staged, as well as wrestling parlors where would be wrestlers learned and practiced their craft.  The film shows the wrestling arena to be a sort of modern day shrine, with wrestling and its rituals taking the place of religion in the then-recently secularized Quebec.
  The filmmakers had intended to make a film exposing, in slow motion, the fakery of professional wrestling, until a chance encounter with French philosopher Roland Barthes changed their minds.  Barthes was appalled by what they were planning to do, and spoke urgently about the beauty and social role of pro wrestling in the lives of ordinary people.  Persuaded by Barthes, the filmmakers set out to make a film that captured the spectacle of the sport, without judging it.
  A behind-the-scenes look is shown at the staging and choreography of the spectacular shows, and the preparation of the wrestling stars who perform them.  During the show the filmmakers are just as interested in the spectators, who identify with the heroes of the ring, as the match itself.  Their emotions mimic the drama unfolding on the stage, which they know is fake, but allow themselves to be swept away with the showmanship, regardless.  The main event features fan-favorite wrestler Edouard Carpentier.  Also in the film are the after-show locker room reactions of the performers and the back-street wrestling parlors where the craft is learned and practiced.
  Wrestling was produced by Jacques Bobet for the French program branch of the National Film Board of Canada.
27 minutes, 46 seconds

Mr. Ed: The Wrestler
[TV show, aired January 7, 1962, season 2, episode 12]
  Wilbur and Addison go half and half into backing a wrestler who eats them out of house and home, and takes ballet lessons with the girls.  Ricki Starr stars as Tiger Davis and Matt Murphy (K.O. Murphy) plays Big Boy Malone.
25 minutes, 31 seconds

[Feature film, 1949]
  The TV-generated popularity of professional wrestling in 1950 inspired a brief cycle of inexpensive films on the subject.  Columbia's C-plus "Bodyhold" borrows the old Kid Galahad formula of a naive young man becoming a wrestler by accident, only to be exploited by crooked promoters.  Willard Parker plays a plumber named Tommy Jones, who gets roped into the world of professional wrestling and manages to remain true to his morals in spite of his seedy surroundings.  He is brought in by Charlie Webster [Roy Roberts], a manager of some questionable character, as a replacement for an injured wrestler challenging for the world title. To his surprise, he finds out that the wrestling business is not exactly on the level, and he refuses to throw his match.  As Webster plans to incapacitate Jones, the plumber-turned-wrestler's girlfriend tries to expose the pernicious manager's intentions — and uncovers the fact that Webster had taken out Jones' predecessor in a similar fashion.
  The film features performances by wrestlers Henry Kulky (as Mike Kalumbo), Wee Willie Davis (as Harold Hocksteader, aka Azusa Assassin), Billy Varga (as Marvelous Milton), Ken Ackles (as Terre Haute Terror), Sammy Menacker (as Red Roman), and Ed "Strangler" Lewis (referee).
1 hour, 3 minutes

Run time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Wrestling in the Movies & on TV, volume 12

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Volume 12

Route 66: A Feat of Strength
[TV show, aired May 18, 1962, season 2, episode 30]
  A refugee Hungarian wrestling champion [Jack Warden] finds that American wrestling has its own set of rules when he is offered a position as a "good guy" wrestler.  Enrique Torres was a technical advisor for the film.
50 minutes, 31 seconds

Mister Universe
[Feature film, 1951]
  A gullible and honest "Mr. Universe" winner, Tommy Tomkins [Vince Edwards] gets added to the stable of a con-man and a wrestling prompter.  He wins match after match, legitimately, and then balks when he is told he must lose a match.  A complication arises when Tommy cannot be taught to be dishonest.  Complications also arise when a gangster tries to buy in on the setup.
  A "comedy" film based on the tragic career of prizefighter Primo Carnera.
88 minutes, 34 seconds minutes

Run time: 2 hours, 19 minutes

Grunt! The Wrestling Movie



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   —  Grunt! The Wrestling Movie  —

[Feature film, 1985]

  A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso, the baddest man in wrestling and the hottest heel in the biz.  Things are looking up for the Mad Dog as he takes on Skull Crusher Johnson for the world heavyweight championship until a freak incident occurs during the brutal fight for the gold.  Skull Crusher gets his head caught in the ring ropes as Mad Dog goes for a dropkick and is decapitated (sending his head flying into the crowd). Shocked by his actions and upset for being disqualified in his biggest match, Mad Dog goes missing.  Rumors of him hitting rock bottom and eventually killing himself by jumping off the Bay Bridge in Oakland California begin to surface.

  Flash forward six years later.  The title is vacant and a new champion will be decided in a battle royal.  Enter Leslie Uhgums, who is making a documentary on a new wrestling phenomenon named the Mask, whom many people speculate may be Mad Dog Decurso under a new moniker.  One of these believers is Dr. Tweed, president of the Mad Dog is The Mask Fan Club. Leslie and Tweed hit the road to investigate and get to the bottom of the speculation.  After interviewing many fans, doctors, wrestlers and trainers, they question Lola, Joe's ex-manager and girlfriend who wants nothing to do with the film.  After hitting a dead end, the film makers go to a wrestling show where Mask is taking on The Grunt brothers in a handicap match. Afterwards, the two meet up with Joe's old high-school wrestling coach, where they see a young Decurso donning a mask that bears a strong resemblance to the one worn by the Mask.

  Cheesy?  Campy?  Silly?  Absolutely!  But a whole lot of fun and great wrestling action that will take you back to a long-gone era.

  Wrestlers making appearances include Magic Schwarz (as Mad Dog Joe DeCurso), Steve Strong, Dick Murdoch, Dick Beyer, Adrian Street, Miss Linda, Victor Rivera, Pat Barrett, Billy Anderson, John Tolos, Billy Varga, Ken Farber (referee), Juan Hernández, Pistol Pete Marquez, Buddha Khan, Armando Guerrero, Ray Stern, Salvador Lothario, Dan Spivey, Woody Farmer, Jack (Wildman) Armstrong, Steve DeSalvo & Steve Pardee.  Fight sequences were put together by Mando Guerrero.

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Roaring Fire



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   — Roaring Fire —

[Feature film, 1985]

Alternate titles: Hoero! Tekken, Ve Znamení Draka

  The hero, Joji (Hiroyuki Sanada), was raised in America in the western style of his stepfather and practiced martial arts from childhood.  Upon learning that he has a twin brother and a sister, he travels to find them, only to learn his brother has been murdered in mysterious circumstances.  After returning to his native land, he meets his blind sister Chihiro and faithful wrestler Samson (Abdullah the Butcher).  With the help of a mysterious "illusionist" (in the performance of the Japanese legend of action movies, Sonny Chiha), Joji enters the bloody path of vengeance when he fights a powerful mobster in a battle with multiple opponents.

Japanese language with sub-titles.

Run time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

IWA Championship Wrestling, vol. 1

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   —  IWA Championship Wrestling  —
Volume 1

Promoter Rob Russen, Host Lee Marshall

Show #1

Sarasota, Florida: June 6, 1990

Junior heavyweight tournament begins!

"Hitman" Tommy Stetson vs. David Isley

Interview: Jerry Lawler

Titan Taz Apollo vs. Yukon Jack
(Diamond Dallas Page at ringside)

Interview: Diamond Dallas Page

Preston Steele w/mgr. Nicole
Dirty Dick Flannigan

Interview: Chief Jules Strongbow

Ivan Koloff vs. Cousin Luke

Sonny Beach vs. Chris (The Edge) Evans

Frank (The Heavenly) Angel and Mitch Rhyder
The Wild Samoans (Samu & Afa) w/Kokina Maximus

Show #2

Sarasota, Florida: June 13, 1990

Al "The Sledge" Hammer w/Dr. Mark Curtis
Derek Dukes

Interview: Jerry Lawler

Kokina Maximus vs. Big Hoss w/Doc Diamond

Interview: Preston Steele w/mgr. Nicole

Johnny Hotbody vs. Larry Winters

Junkyard Dog vs. Man Mountain Mike Moore

Interview: Kerry Von Erich

Lethal Larry Cameron vs. Kerry Von Erich

Interview: Cousin Luke

Interview: Bambi

Chief Jules Strongbow vs. Afa the Samoan

Run time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

IWA Championship Wrestling, vol. 2

522 IWA_3-4


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   —  IWA Championship Wrestling  —
Volume 2

Promoter Rob Russen
Host Lee Marshall

Show #3

Sarasota, Florida: June 20, 1990

—  South Philly Grudge Match  —
Johnny Hot Body vs. Tony Stetson

Sonny Beach w/mgr. The Kreator
Bobby Sulza

Cousin Luke vs. New Jersey Nightmare

Pitbull Express vs. Ray Odyssey & Chris Evans

Ivan Koloff vs. Derek Dukes

Show #4

Sarasota, Florida: June 27, 1990

Larry Cameron vs. Montana Mauler

Preston Steel w/valet Noel vs. Bobby Sulza

Junkyard Dog vs. Taz Apollo

Chief Jules Strongbow vs. Boy Gone Bad

Kerry Von Erich vs. "Man Mountain" Mike Moore

Pitbull Express
Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Kokina Maximus)

Junkyard Dog, Chief Jules Strongbow,
Lethal Larry Cameron, Pitbull Express Int.,
Ivan Koloff, Derek Dukes,
Cousin Luke, Sonny Beach & The Kreator

Run time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Big Time Wrestling from Detroit v1

525 BTW-01


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   —  Big Time Wrestling from Detroit  —
Volume 1

Abdullah The Butcher vs. John Irish

Hell's Angels (Chris Colt & Ron Dupree)
Arnold Skaaland & Jim Dillon

Thunderbolt Patterson vs. Jim Pateruski

Spiros Arion vs. The Spoiler (not Don Jardine)

Ox Baker vs. Ron Martinelli

Johnny Powers vs. Frank Dillinger

—  Lady midgets  —
Diamond Lil vs. Princess Little Dove

Two-ring battle royal

John Irish vs. Bulldog Don Kent w/Pretty Boy Floyd

Darth Vader & Billie Byrd
Mark Lewin & Nick Decarlo

Sheik vs. El Bracero

Also: Highlights from Florida

Hector Guerrero vs. Denny Brown

Ric Flair vs. Scott McGhee

Interview: Sir Oliver Humperdink & The Saint
sign a contract with One Man Gang

Run time: 1 hour, 4 minutes

Big Time Wrestling from Detroit v2

526 BTW-02


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   —  Big Time Wrestling from Detroit  —
Volume 2

Jess Ortega vs. Blackjack Gordon

Mark Lewin vs. Ox Baker

Killer Karl Kox vs. Jim Pateruski

Jim Dillon vs. Anestis Bresnick

Gene Dubois vs. Waldo Von Erich

Jay York vs. The Patroit

—  Cage match  —
The Sheik vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

Stan Stasiak vs. Ron Donner

—  U.S. tag team title match  —
Angelo & Lanny Poffo
Mickey Doyle & Billy Red Lyons

Sheik vs. Handsome Johnny Barend
(highlights from Hawaii)

Sheik vs. Lone Eagle

Bobo Brazil vs. Owen Henley

Sheik vs. The Guru

—  Interviews  —
Killer Karl Kox, Ernie Roth, Bobo Brazil

Run time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Big Time Wrestling from Detroit v3

527 BTW-03


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   —  Big Time Wrestling from Detroit  —
Volume 3

Sheik vs. Tom Jones

Sheik vs. Don Red Cloud

Malcolm Monroe vs. Mark Lewin

Bobby Blaine vs. The Sheik

Mike Thomas vs. Bulldog Don Kent

Tom Reeseman vs. The Sheik

—  U.S. title match  —
Mark Lewin* vs. Kurt Von Hess

—  Shark cage match  —
Chief Jay Strongbow vs. Bulldog Don Kent

Pretty Boy Fulton (Gary/Charlie Fulton)
Mike Wayne

Dominic Denucci vs. Killer Karl Krupp

Pampero Firpo vs. Steve Donney

Porky the Pig vs. Jack Slade

—  Ladies 10-round boxing match  —
Lucille Dupree vs. Kay Casey

The Psycho vs. Big Jim Arnett

Killer Brooks vs. Haystack Calhoun

—  Interviews  —
Mark Lewin, Don Kent, Pretty Boy Fulton,
Pampero Firpo & Haystack Calhoun

Run time: 2 hours, 24 minutes

Big Time Wrestling from Detroit v4

528 BTW-04


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   —  Big Time Wrestling from Detroit  —
Volume 4

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Denny Alberts

Sailor Art Thomas vs. The Sheik

Blackie Guzman vs. Ox Baker

Capt. Ed George, Luis Martinez &
Nelson Royal
Magnificent Zulu, Bulldog Don Kent &
John Davidson

Crusher Verdu vs. Cowboy Frankie Laine

Dick the Bruiser vs. Gary Fargo

Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello & Bob Della Serra)
Jim Waddell & Big Red

The Sheik vs. Billie Byrd

Austin Idol vs. Steve Cooper

Dory Funk Jr & Pierre Lafive
Kurt Von Hess & Bulldog Don Kent

Stan Stasiak vs. Garth Vader
(Sheik attacks Stasiak after the match)

Austin Idol vs. Eddie Dyce

Mark Lewin vs. Terry Funk

Big Red vs. Gary Fargo

Walter Johnson vs. Mike Wayne

Sheik and Dory Funk Jr.
Stan Stasiak & Bulldog Don Kent

—  Interviews  —
Terry Funk, Walter Johnson

Run time: 2 hours, 24 minutes

Global Wrestling Federation, vol 1

533 GWF 1993-v1


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   —  Global Wrestling Federation  —
Volume 1

Taped May 28, 1993

—  North American title match  —
Stevie Ray* vs. Killer Tim Brooks

Action Jackson vs. Bullman Downs

Crazy Mike Davis & Cousin Elmus
Johnny Hawk & Black Bart

Chris Adams vs. Iceman King Parsons

Taped June 11, 1993

Hollywood John Tatum vs. Plowboy Wilbur

Al Perez vs. Killer Tim Brooks

Stevie Ray & Booker T
Vito Mussolini & Guido Falcone

Chris Adams vs. Iceman King Parsons
(Toni Adams slaps Chris, Rod Price cuts Chris' hair)

Taped June 25, 1993

Black Bart vs. Chad Starr

Action Jackson vs. Francis Buxton

John Hawk vs. Randy Lewis

Vito Mussolini & Guido Falcone
Cousin Wilbur & Captain Ron

Run time: 2 hours, 3 minutes

International Pro Wrestling

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   —  International Pro Wrestling  —

Arkansas, 1990
Host: Buddy Lee

Show #1

Motley Cruz vs. Jumpin' Jeff Farmer

Odell Buckingham vs. Johnny Rodgers

—  6-man tag team match  —
Wild Bill Ash, Tony the Spider
& Robert Sebrin
Mighty Nation (Red Eagle & Standing Bear)
& Rockin' Randy Bryant

(carried over onto show #2)

Show #2

Bulldozer vs. Johnny Malibu

Johnny Rodgers vs. Odell Buckingham

Motley Cruz vs. Keith Watkins

(carried over onto show #3)

Show #3

New York Nightmare vs. Johnny Malibu

Doc Savage & Bill Ash vs. Mighty Nation

(carried over onto show #4)

Show #4

Bulldozer vs. Rockin' Randy

Tony the Spider vs. Johnny Malibu

Motley Cruz, Bill Ash, Tony the Spider,
Jumpin' Jim Farmer, Randy Bryant,
Doc Savage, Bulldozer & Gypsy,
Ritchie Rou, New York Nightmare

Run time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

USA Championship Wrestling

535 USA_1988-05-09


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   —  USA Championship Wrestling  —

Hector Guerrero vs. Doug Furnas

Cousin Junior vs. The Bandit #2

Buddy Landel vs. The Bullet

—  8-man tag team match  —
The Dog (Larry Latham),
Rock 'n' Roll RPMs,
Mongolian Stomper
Scott Armstrong, Doug Furnas,
Johnny Rich & Davey Rich

—  USA Cyclone Stampede  —
$28,000 purse!

Run time: 1 hour, 16 minutes




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All Japan Classics: Killer Karl Kox



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   —  All Japan Classics: Killer Karl Kox  —

Killer Karl Kox & Dick Slater
Giant Baba & The Destroyer
August 29, 1974

— United States Title Match —
The Destroyer
The Spirit (Killer Karl Kox)
July 25, 1975

— PWF Title Match —
Killer Karl Kox
Giant Baba

Killer Karl Kox
Dick Murdoch
December 9, 1976

Run time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

All Japan Classics: Roger Kirby

541 AJC_RK


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   —  All Japan Classics: Roger Kirby  —

Roger Kirby & Guy Mitchell
Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu
February 10, 1979

Roger Kirby & Steve Regal
Giant Baba & Tenryu
March 10, 1984

Roger Kirby & Alexis Smirnoff
Giant Baba & Great Kabuki
July 7, 1984

Roger Kirby vs. Giant Baba
July 14, 1984

Roger Kirby vs. Atsushi Onita
July 21, 1984

Roger Kirby & Dick Slater
Great Kabuki & Magic Dragon
Aug. 11, 1984

Roger Kirby & Stan Hansen
Giant Baba & Great Kojika
Aug. 18, 1984

Run time: 56 minutes




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