The Iron Petticoat

1956

Ralph Thomas
Director
Independent Film Distributors
UK Distributor
MGM
US Distributor
Romulus Films
Production Company

Soviet fighter pilot Hepburn defects to the West when she's passed over for promotion. Hotshot USAF pilot Hope is assigned to thaw her out, with romantic results. Basically a remake of Ninotchka, and also very similar to Jet Pilot, an awful film that was actually made six years previously but not released until this was unleashed on the public.

Much maligned, long supressed film is actually not bad. It's not really because of the leads; Hope and Hepburn aren't really credible characters, and the latter's Russian accent has been memorably described as "Maria Ouspenskaya on meth." It's more because of the supporting cast of familar British faces. Helpmann, especially, is great as the lovelorn sad sack Kropotkin. Memorable bits by Alexander Gauge (as a southern American senator, of all things) and Richard Wattis as a lingerie salesman, among others, are what keep the film going.

-Dave W.


The Iron Petticoat
17th September 1956
CInema


94 mins
1.85:1

The Iron Petticoat
7th January 1957
Cinema


87 mins
1.85:1




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Bob Hope
Captain Charles "Chuck" Lockwood
Katharine Hepburn
Kapitan Vinka Kovelenko
Noelle Middleton
Lady Constance Warburton-Watts
James Robertson Justice
Colonel Vladimir Denisovich Sklarnoff
Robert Helpmann
Major Ivan Kropotkin
David Kossoff
Dr. Anton Antonovich Dubratz
Alan Gifford
Colonel Newton Tarbell
Nicholas Phipps
Tony Mallard
Paul Carpenter
Major Lewis
Sid James
Paul
(as Sidney James)
Alexander Gauge
Senator Hawley
Sandra Dorne
Tityana
Richard Wattis
Lingerie Clerk
Tutte Lemkow
Sutsiyawa
Olaf Pooley
Major Osip Feodor Ganovich
Martin Boddey
Grisha, Russian Guard
Richard Leech
Alex, Russian Guard ("Brooklyn")
Eugene Deckers
Russian Bear Bartender
Stanley Zevic
Russian Reporter
Alexis Chesnakov
Russian Orator
Andre Mikhelson
Charash
William Greene
Radar Room Officer
(uncredited)
Robin Drury
Airman in Radar Room
(uncredited)
Roland Brand
Air Police Sergeant in Tarbell's Office
(uncredited)
Unknown
Girl at Bar in Officers' Club
Unknown
Officer at Bar in Officers' Club
Unknown
Officer at Bar in Officers' Club
Unknown
Officers' Club Bartender
Frederick Jaeger
Officers' Club Bartender
(uncredited)
Jerry Stovin
Lockwood's Friend at Officers' Club
(uncredited)
Victor Harrington
Dancer at Officers' Club
(uncredited)
Austin Cooper
Dancer at Officers' Club
(uncredited)
Maria Andipa
Skarnoff's Secretary
(uncredited)
George Margo
Lockwood's Driver
(uncredited)
Cyril Chamberlain
Hotel Doorman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Hotel Doorman
George Spence
Man in Hotel Lobby
(uncredited)
Unknown
Naval Officer in Hotel Lobby
Unknown
Hotel Desk Clerk
Unknown
Elevator Operator
Thomas Heathcote
Hotel Valet
(uncredited)
Stanley Fleet
Russian Dancer
(uncredited)
Peter Johnston
Russian Dancer
(uncredited)
Anatole Smirnoff
Russian Dancer
(uncredited)
Nicholas Bruce
Russian Bear Headwaiter
(uncredited)
Dervis Ward
Russian Bear Waiter
(uncredited)
Eunice Melville
Russian Bear Attendant
(uncredited)
Paul Beradi
Diner at Russian Bear
Doris Goddard
Maria (uncredited)
Ken Richmond
Igor, Group 9 Operative
(uncredited)
Unknown
Passerby Knocked Out by Sutsiyawa
Unknown
Street Cleaner
Bernard Rebel
Trade Mission Official
(uncredited)
Unknown
Agent Helping Tie Up Vinka
John Wilder
Tade Mission Guard
(uncredited)
Lindsay Hooper
Tade Mission Guard
(uncredited)
Unknown
Trade Mission Guard
Unknown
Trade Mission Guard
John Warren
Airport Attendant
(uncredited)
Manny Michael
Russian Guard on Plane
(uncredited)
Victor Brooks
Russian Guard on Plane
(uncredited)
Peter Taylor
Firing Squad Leader
(uncredited)
Marvin Kane
American Reporter
(uncredited)
Peter Fontaine
British Reporter
(uncredited)
Abraham Asseo
Russian Reporter
(uncredited)
Michael Rittermann
German Reporter
(uncredited)
Auric Lorand
Indian Reporter
(uncredited)
Alex Gallier
French Reporter
(uncredited)
Yah Ming
Chinese Reporter
(uncredited)
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
Kovelenko's "MiG"
(actual serial number 52-6784)
North American F-86D Sabre Dog
Themselves
Douglas DC-3
Russian Transport
Avro Anson
"Just Married" Plane
(possible real serial VV260)

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