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[Wrestling TV show]: Tiny York vs Johnny Gilbert - Ricki Starr vs Hans Herman

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Film Identifier: F.2008-04-0045
Run Time
0h 29m 2s
Date Produced
circa 1960
An episode of a syndicated wrestling show shot at Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. Shot live on film with three-camera coverage, it features a witty and entertaining narration from announcer Russ Davis. The reel features two matches. The first (unfortunately not a midget match even with a wrestler named Tiny) is a rather dull one between two nondescript unexciting wrestlers with even Davis complaining about the lack of action. The second one on the other hand is one of the more interesting matches between former ballet dance Starr and the seig-heiling Hermann. Starr uses his balletic grace and speed to overpower the 50 pound heavier Hermann to win the match.
00:01 MS Ring announcer introducing match, 00:28 Davis begins talking about new comer wrestlers in the ring, match begins at 01:07, men exchange holds on each other, Davis admits to losing track of who’s who, Gilbert knocks York to the mat, wrestlers compare muscles, 05:00 armlock on York, leglock on Gilbert, men exchange holds, toehold on York, chokehold on Gilbert, Gilbert punches York and bodyslams him 09:50 head scissors on York, Davis complains that the match is uneventful. bodyslam on York, match is called at 10:57 in favor of Gilbert, though Davis complains that the match was dull, 11:18-11:29 MS Gorgeous George in a tux steps into the ring, the ring announcer states that George is unable to wrestle due to a damaged finger, crowd boos and cheers as George throws gifts into the ring, Starr prances up to George and offers George ballet slippers causing George to storm off the mat, Starr doing ballet moves before match 15:00 when meeting in middle to go over rules Starr prissily slaps Hermann enraging him, match starts and Starr eludes Hermann with ballet moves, Starr jumps on Hermann’s back and tickles him, legscissors on Hermann, headlock on Starr, Starr gets punched to the mat, leglock on Hermann, 19:45 leg scissors on Starr, headlock on Hermann, chokehold on Starr, 21:44 Hermann loses first fall when he refuses to stop illegal hold on Starr, Hermann goes steps across the mat and heil hitlers, 22:32-22-42 yellow leader, between rounds Davis thanks all of his fans in Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines, 24:12 second round starts, Starr jumps on Hermann’s back, chokehold on Starr, leghold on Hermann, CU kneelock on Hermann, Hermann stepping on Starr’s neck, MS Hermann dragging Starr around the ring, CU Starr pinning Hermann against the ropes gouging his nose, MS Starr flips off of Hermann, bodyslam on Hermann, dropkick on Hermann, bodyslam on Hermann, 28:14 Starr wins second fall and match, out 28:44
Imperial World Films
Main Credit
Imperial World Films (is production company)
Davis, Sylvia H. (is producer)
Davis, Russell (is director)
Actors, Performers and Participants
York, Tiny (is performer)
Gilbert, Johnny (is performer)
Gorgeous George (is performer)
Starr, Ricki (is performer)
Hermann, Hans (is performer)
Davis, Russell (is commentator)
Wayland, Ed (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)