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Film Director
Ruth Leitman

Starring Girl Wrestlers:
Ella Waldek (1952 - 1972)
Gladys 'Killem' Gillem (1942 - 1962)
Ida May Martinez (1952 - 1959)
The Great Mae Young (1940 - Present)
The Fabulous Moolah (1949 - Present)
Penny Banner (1954 - 1977)

With Cameos by:
Bill Cosby
Cyndi Lauper
Groucho Marx

Written, Produced and Directed by
Ruth Leitman

James Jernigan

Executive Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher

Debbie Nightingale & Anne Hubbell

M. Connie Diletti

Ruth Leitman & Nancy Segler

Location Sound
Liz Stubbs

M. Connie Diletti

Consulting Editors
Emily Paine & Brooks Ruyle

Sound Design
Jason Wells

Associate Producer
Erin Faith Young

Additional Camera
Tom Hall

Catmoon Productions
John Benda

Post Production Supervisor
M. Connie Diletti

Assistant Editors
Bill Houseright
Rebecca Rose Grezlak
Matt Kuebrich
Mike Warzin

Additional Production & Equipment Services Provided By

Branding, Design & Web Site
Method Engine

Standard Definition Color

Title Sequence Design

Film Finishing & 35mm Recording
Cinema Concepts

Film Recording Technician
John Price

2K Compositing
John Price
Ciaran Quinn

Color Timer
Robert Frederickson

Artist Representation
Ed Wintle, Curtis Brown Ltd.

Producer’s Representation
Ronna Wallace, Eastgate Pictures

Legal Representation
Rosalind Lichter

Additional Legal Service
Robert L. Seigel & Roger Kass
Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Music Consultants
Steve Dixon & Kelly Hogan

Jeremy Walker + Associates
International Sales Company
Moviehouse Entertainment

Gladys “Killem” Gillem
The Fabulous Moolah
The Great Mae Young
Ida May Martinez
Penny Banner
Ella Waldek

Extra Special Thanks
Michael Rosenberg
Suzanne Fedak
Richard Lorber
Tim Hinsley
Michael Koch
Vicky Liotta
Everyone at Koch Lorber Films

With Gratitude
Marlene Sokol-Stewart

“To Tell The Truth” and “What’s My Line?”
Footage courtesy of Fremantle Entertainment

“You Bet Your Life”
Footage courtesy of Carsey-Werner LLC

Contemporary wrestling footage courtesy of
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

“Racket Girls” (1951) directed by
Robert C. Dertano- Courtesy of Something Weird Video

“Lipstick & Dynamite” (1949) Mildred Burke vs. Mae Weston-
Photographed by Jack Pokress & Roy Creveling- Public Domain- Courtesy
of Something Weird Video

Archival Footage Provided By
F.I.L.M. Archives Online
Stock Video
Streamline Films Inc.
MacDonald & Associates
Historic Films
Something Weird Video

Photographs Courtesy of
Viktor Berry
Ella Mecouch
Penny Banner
Ida Selenkow
Lillian Ellison
Johnnie Mae Young
Claire McCoy

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For Steve & our girl Ella

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Lipstick & Dynamite

Ruth Leitman's Lipstick and Dynamite is a look into the lives of the women who made their living on the professional wrestling circuit.
Full of outstanding archival footage of wrestlers like The Fabulous Moolah and Johnnie Mae Young, Lipstick and Dynamite is primarily concerned with the lives of hardship and hard work these superstars of the ring created for themselves. It could have been the sex, money, injuries, and intrigue that dominated their lives on the road, but the competitive passion of these women have for their sport shines through in director Ruth Leitman’s touching portrait of women who lived hard, and fought even harder.