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W.R. Burnett (story)
Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 April 1931 (USA) See more »
Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis. | Add synopsis »
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Lew Ayres ... Kid Mason

Robert Armstrong ... George Regan

Jean Harlow ... Rose Mason

John Miljan ... Paul H. Lewis

Edward Dillon ... Jeff

Mike Donlin ... McNeil
Morrie Cohan ... Rattler O'Keefe

Mary Doran ... Showgirl
Mildred Van Dorn ... Gladys DeVere

Ned Sparks ... Riley
Sammy Blum ... Mandel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wade Boteler ... Reporter (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Prizefight Second (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

John George ... Card Player (uncredited)
Sammy Gervon ... Trainer (uncredited)

Tom Kennedy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Tom Jones - Referee (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... O'Keefe's Second (uncredited)

Constantine Romanoff ... Diner (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... Louise Lewis (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
W.R. Burnett  story (as William R. Burnett)
Francis Edward Faragoh  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Tod Browning .... producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Cinematography by
Percy Hilburn 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
Costume Design by
Vera West (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
Music Department
Bernie Grossman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Kid Mason:Rose!
[he comes out of the bedroom]
Kid Mason:Guess I don't look so good, do I?
Rose Mason:[she looks at him] Oh, well...
Kid Mason:I went after him too fast. I guess I guessed wrong.
Rose Mason:So did I, guess wrong. I guessed I'd be wearing that fur coat you been shooting off your head about. And I guessed we'd be moving out of this hole. Wasn't I a dope?
Kid Mason:You'll get your fur coat, Rose.
Rose Mason:Sure... if I go out and shoot a couple of cats!
Kid Mason:My own fault. I didn't fight the way George told me to. Now he's through with me.
Rose Mason:Oh, you shudda been through with him years ago. You doing all the dirty work, while Regan sat back and grabs off his fifty percent.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Putting on Ayres, 13 July 2010
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Lightweight boxer Lew Ayres (as "Kid" Mason) loses an important fight by not pacing himself, which irks childhood friend and manager Robert Armstrong (as George Regan). To make matters worse, the young fighter's sexy show-girl wife Jean Harlow (as Rose) leaves New York for Hollywood. Then, Ayres begins following Mr. Armstrong's directions, and wins the championship title. Unsuccessful at movie stardom, Ms. Harlow returns to enjoy "Iron Man" Ayres' newfound wealth and fame.

But, Harlow has a secret lover, John Miljan (as Paul Lewis) helping her gain control over Ayres' bank account. They plot to get rid of Armstrong, who has a weakness for alcohol to match his fondness for Ayres. Armstrong had Harlow figured as a tramp from the very beginning, but hadn't the heart to tell his young friend. This is telegraphed to you, "radio drama"-style, with Armstrong's line, "It's about time that you knew that she…" Other lines are less obvious.

Director Tod Browning shows little of his flair, but gives old "extra" friend Eddie Dillon (as Jeff) a good amount of screen time.

"Iron Man" is a classic, often re-told, boxing story, with the subtleties of later revisions less buried; for example, the contention that sexual relations drain a boxer's strength. Also interesting is the age difference between Armstrong and his beer-sharing boyhood "pal"; the casting, while perhaps unintentional, suggests the older man had an unrequited love for his handsome young charge. When he says his final, "Put on that robe, you wanna get pneumonia," perhaps Armstrong has won Ayres' love at last.

****** Iron Man (4/30/31) Tod Browning ~ Lew Ayres, Robert Armstrong, Jean Harlow, John Miljan

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