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Gals Get Rough in Mat Bout

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

No Sound on Film | 1937

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  •  First professional female wrestling bout held in San Antonio, Texas in the Texas Walkathon Arena 
  •  Female Wrestling 1930s 
  •  Clara Mortensen 
  •  Referee, Karl Sarpolis, checks fingernails pre-fight 
  •  Dolores Gonzales 
  •  Body Slam 
  •  Referee gets involved/attacked 
  •  Shot of crowds in stands 
  •  Wrestler gets thrown from ring 
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"Clara Mortenson, champion woman wrestler, and challenger Dolores Gonzales, meet in a grudge fight that rapidly makes male wrestling toughness look sissified. The girls throw everything they've got into a knockdown mat battle." [From original Universal Newsreel content sheet]