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Rounding out the latest Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection, I've watched "Racket Girls," exploitation filmmaking at its finest... for 1951, anyway. Before we get into it, though, we're asked the question "Are You Ready For Marriage?"

Two young adults, one just out of high school and one just about to graduate from there, have been going steady for a few months ("The tepid embrace tells me they're ready for marriage!" "Welcome to as far as you're going to get.") Because their parents disapprove of them getting married so soon, though, they consider eloping but instead go see the marriage counsellor at a somewhat "official"-looking church. ("First Federal Church, member FDIC.") He breaks out some simple charts demonstrating how the "chance for happiness" increases with engagement time ("And so on, into infinity." "Can I see the raw data?") and an odd board where dolls connected by strings represent "emotional distance," ("Bobby Orr's Electric Marriage! Real marriage action.") trying to convince them to get beyond the "early physical reaction... that hits you sort of... boing!" ("You saw my boing?") Steadied by this wise counsel, the young couple wind up "engaged to get engaged." ("Boing, everybody!")

As for the movie itself, we start off with an interminable bout of women wrestling in pretty sensible athletic togs, a crowd screaming the only soundtrack. ("Boy, that music really draws you in." "Is there a midway nearby?") The moustached guy in charge of this, who has a tiny moustached Italian sidekick who gets tossed around by the wrestlers during their workouts, has brought in a new talent Peaches Page, who gets right around to working out as well. ("I'm being turned on by a woman who is long dead!...") It also happens that the guy in charge owes money to the mob and "Mr. Big," who's always seen from behind, and in between other interminable bouts of female wrestling ("All I can say is it must have been much easier to get turned on back then." "My loins will never stir again.") Peaches sees the light and (apparently) leaves, and the guy in charge rifles his own safe and flees, only to be gunned down along with his sidekick by the mobsters. However, the police are there on the scene and the mobsters get arrested.

With long stretches of no dialogue, there's plenty of space for "riffing," but I can certainly see how the disjointed nature of things might finally seem "too much of a good thing." An opening "host segment" featuring Lisa Loeb seems to more or less go over my head, but things pick up there when a strange family wanders into Deep 13 and Dr. Forrester starts struggling with the security system. Then, after the short, Crow asks for Tom Servo's hand in marriage; Mike soon comes around to this and after Crow's bachelor party, the ceremony itself begins with Servo in a wedding dress and Dr. Forrester officiating. However, he manages to get into a fight with the strange family, a wrestling bout breaks out on the Satellite of Love, and Crow concludes that maybe he's not ready for marriage after all. Rounding things out, Crow, Mike, and Tom dress as the masked wrestlers "Professor Hurts, Count De La Pain, and Sir Slamsalot" (Tom recycles the Batman mask he had on in "Zombie Nightmare") and Lisa Loeb shows up in Deep 13. All in all, I do seem to have found the experience entertaining. The "riff" "This movie is refreshingly itself" seems somehow appropriate...

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