...All the Marbles

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…All the Marbles
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Produced by William Aldrich
Written by Rich Eustis
Mel Frohman
Starring Peter Falk
Vicki Frederick
Laurene Landon
Burt Young
Tracy Reed
Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Richard Lane
Irving Rosenblum
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 16, 1981 (1981-10-16)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9.3 million[1][2]
Box office $6.5 million (North America gross)[3]
89,679 admissions (France)[4]

…All the Marbles (reissued as The California Dolls) is a 1981 comedy-drama film about the trials and travails of a female wrestling tag team and their manager. It was directed by Robert Aldrich (his final film) and stars Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon. The Pittsburgh Steeler hall of famer "Mean" Joe Greene plays himself.

Among the young unknown actresses who auditioned, but did not receive a part, was Kathleen Turner.[citation needed]

The wrestlers were trained by the former women's world wrestling champion Mildred Burke.[citation needed]

According to Laurene Landon (who portrayed California Doll Molly), while the film did not perform well at the box office in the United States, it made a healthy profit in foreign markets, and producers were planning a sequel, set primarily in Japan, when Robert Aldrich's death put a halt to the project.[citation needed]

The film is known outside the USA as The California Dolls, because "All The Marbles" is an American idiom which is not understood in most other countries.


Harry is the manager of a tag team of gorgeous lady wrestlers. On the road, they endure a number of indignities, including bad motels, small-time crooks and a mud-wrestling match, while trying to reach Reno for a big event at the MGM Grand.



Second unit photography began 5 November 1980. Principal photography took place 14 November to 24 February 1981 on location in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Las Vegas; Reno; and Los Angeles.[3]


In his October 16, 1981, review in The New York Times, the film critic Vincent Canby singled out Falk for "one of his best performances".[5]


  1. ^ Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p. 311
  2. ^ ...All the Marbles at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ a b Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media, 2013, pp. 20–21
  4. ^ French box office results for Robert Aldrich films at Box Office Story
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (October 16, 1981). "Aldrich's '...All the Marbles'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017.

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