I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing Robert Aldrich’s 1981 sports comedy-drama …All the Marbles (a.k.a. The California Dolls); so my readers will have to make due with his transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was June 11, 1989 (read here). Not unlike what Cox implies here, If one looked beyond the film’s silly premise – a manager and his female wrestling team (The California Dolls) on the road – you will find a road movie with a lot on it’s mind. While maybe not as memorable as some of the best ones of the period – Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop or Wim Wenders Road Movie Trilogy – there is still plenty to admire here. Interesting bit of trivia: 1981’s …All the Marbles was the final film that Aldrich directed – he died two years later in 1983. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Aldrich films, read here.
Here is a youtube link to the film’s original theatrical trailer below
7 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: …All the Marbles (1981) (a.k.a. The California Dolls)”
I remember this movie when it came out…the TV ads had it as a sexy comedy full of laughs and hijinks…but it turned out to a lot more drama then folks were expecting.
I haven’t seen this one in years…..
It’s a fascinating world this movie take place in.The fake wrestling matches in The California Dolls are more brutal than your average match in today’s WWE.
I have never seen this, John. Despite the pedigree, the subject matter just never appealed.
Best wishes, Pete.
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