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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:
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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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"It Takes More Than Fists To Be A Fighter", 27 October 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After the success of All Quiet On The Western Front Lew Ayres was suddenly quite the hot property for Universal Studios. Following up on that film Ayres was cast in this boxing saga about a fighter, his wife, and his manager. The roles are played by Ayres, Jean Harlow, and Robert Armstrong.

As long as Ayres follows Armstrong's instructions he's a success. And one of those instructions is to get rid of his gold digging wife Harlow. It's not jealousy working here, Armstrong can plainly see the adverse affect Harlow has on Ayres and that he's not got his head in the ring when she's around.

When she's not around Armstrong guides Ayres to the heavyweight championship. But when he does become champ, Harlow comes back to bask in his glory and also to party with Ayres and her new boy friend on the side John Miljan.

Let's just say that Ayres finds out just how badly he needs Armstrong before the film is over.

Iron Man seems to be borrowing quite liberally from the relationship that Jack Dempsey had with his then wife Estelle Taylor and his manager Doc Kearns. Kearns let it be known to all who would hear that Dempsey was a bum without him when they did part. However Armstrong truly is the brains in this duo. I'm surprised that none of the real life trio sued Universal Pictures and Carl Laemmle.

The title was used in another boxing picture that starred Jeff Chandler and Rock Hudson that Universal did 20 years later. But that film has absolutely nothing to do with this picture. Nor of course has it anything to do with the superhero Robert Downey, Jr. brought to the screen in the past few years.

Tod Browning got some really nice performances out of his star trio and the rest of the cast. Iron Man ranks right up there with a lot of other classic films on pugilism.

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