Review: ‘… All the Marbles’

By any measure Marbles is a major disappointment, given the deft casting of Peter Falk as a seedy, selfish and demanding manager of a couple of tag-team women wrestlers (Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon).

By any measure Marbles is a major disappointment, given the deft casting of Peter Falk as a seedy, selfish and demanding manager of a couple of tag-team women wrestlers (Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon).

The lead trio does get solid help from Burt Young as a crooked promoter and John Hancock as the decent manager of the opposing team consisting of Tracy Reed and Ursaline Bryant-Young.

For some odd reason, however, director Robert Aldrich and writer Mel Frohman have chosen to portray women’s wrestling as a serious sport, aiming for another Rocky-like climb from obscurity to triumph. It never works for a minute. Except for a busted lip occasionally and a bruise or two, Frederick and Landon are always sprightly, pretty and ready for the road again after each bout.

Though Aldrich sometimes hints of hanky-panky and collusion among the teams, he generally insists that each match is won or lost on ability alone, building the ‘California Dolls’ up to a legitimate contest for the championship in Reno.

... All the Marbles

Production

M-G-M/Aldrich. Director Robert Aldrich; Producer William Aldrich; Writer Mel Frohman; Camera Joseph Biroc Editor Irving C. Rosenblum, Richard Lane; Music Frank DeVol Art Carl Anderson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Peter Falk Vicki Frederick Laurene Landon Burt Young Tracy Reed Richard Jaeckel
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