The Irving Klaw Classics, Vol. 2: The Wrestling Films (2006)

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Volume Two features the playful Catfight films, featuring beautiful women wrestling in lingerie. With these films Irving Klaw initiated a new genre. --Official Site
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Review by Chad
Added: November 10, 2006
Irving Klaw is a man who got his start selling pictures of Hollywood celebrities in the forties before eventually finding out that smut sells far better than "normal" celebrity photographs. He started to focus on softcore, pin-up, and fetish work (photographs and 8mm videos), and by the mid-fifties, he was known as the "King of the Pin-Up" thanks to his massive body of work. However, all good things must come to an end, and this end came by way of the "Kefauver Hearings" of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. I won't go into all of the details here (there's plenty of reading material available online for those interested), but basically, Mr. Klaw was accused of being one of the leading causes of juvenile delinquency due to his work. He eventually quit the business and burned all of his negatives, with only about twenty percent of his work surviving the destruction thanks to his sister Paula hiding them.

The second volume of the Irving Klaw Classics collection focuses on his wrestling films. Now, these aren't your typical ECW or Smackdown! wrestling events; no, the "matches" found here consist of scantily-clad ladies in lingerie catfighting on the floor of an apartment. There are ten of these in total (well, there's actually thirteen, but three of them are just fights that were split into two parts) with a total running-time of about fifty minutes, and in addition to these, there are three unrelated bonus movies in which we get to watch Tempest Storm, Jackie Miller, and Lili St. Cyr dance about in a manner most provocative.

The material found here is interesting from a vintage erotica standpoint, but it's certainly not something you'd buy for the athletic abilities featured within or for any "other" reasons. Nearly all of the "matches" follow the same formula: one of the ladies will gently throw the other to the ground by her hair, then they'll roll around back on forth on top of one another for a bit, and finally, one will sit on the other's chest while proudly throwing her arms up in the air as a sign of victory. This is all cheesecake, of course; the ladies are smiling and laughing while going through the motions, and not even for an instant would you suspect that this is anything beyond playful acting.

There's some good-looking ladies to be seen here, and if this whole wrestling deal sounds like something you'd be interested in, then you'll probably enjoy the disc. It delivers exactly what you'd expect during the fifty minutes it runs for, but while I'm fully aware that there are a good number of people out there who enjoy this sort of thing, it just wasn't for me. 5/10.
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