Saturday, August 21, 2010

0616: Racket Girls

MST3k, Experiment #0616

Are You Ready For Marriage? Another 1950's social hygiene short. In this one, a high school senior named Sue and her boyfriend want to get married right after Sue graduates. A marriage counselor discourages the young couple from entering into a hasty marriage.

Battling Beauties! Action Packed! Racket Girls.

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).

Oh Lisa Loeb... I (along with the rest of the world) absolutely love Bridget Jones/Nelson as the used-to-be-popular singer. I think this is one of the most spot-on celebrity impressions this show had, second only to Mike Nelson's impersonation of Jack Perkins which simply leaves me dumb-founded.

Crow and Servo wanting to get married, while cute and funny, is incredibly disturbing when you think about it. I think Mike realises this several times throughout the episode, considering some of the looks he gives, especially at Crow's bachelor party.

I've always found this enitre episode to be a riot... definitely one of my favourites, especially the short. I definitely find myself agreeing with some of the views on people just jumping into marriage, but this still makes for some classic riffing. The dopey grin on the would-be-groom's face, the obvious ditziness of the hopeful-bride... the creepiness of the counselour. Oy, this is just a poorly written and acted short. And boing! Boing, people!!

The movie is just a bunch of women wrestlers, and the suddenly it turns into some gambling and mobsters... and then back to wrestling momentarily until it devolves... and that's all.

I used to rank this up in my top five(5) favourite episodes... although I've re-discovered so many I had nearly forgotten or mentally dismissed, I may have to rethink it but it still falls into my top ten(10). I was quite thrilled when this gained an official DVD release... Now release Kitten With A Whip for me please.

Favourite line: "...and I'll raise you a Gonzales."

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