Cinema: Soft Core

". . . ALL THE MARBLES"

Directed by Robert Aldrich

Screenplay by Mel Frohman

This is not a movie that benefits from second thoughts. It has the structure of a conventional sports story: an agreeable underdog team known as the California Dolls and managed by a comically shrewd eccentric (Peter Falk) overcomes various tribulations to achieve a morally satisfying—and suspensefully staged—climactic confrontation with their longtime nemeses, the Toledo Tigers. Since the sport in question is something called female tag-team wrestling, there is a certain novelty of milieu and characters that has its entertainment...

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