An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Jane Wyman, Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fugitive Bill Saunders and lonely nurse Jane Wharton are crossed by fate when he hides out in her apartment.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Burt Lancaster, Robert Newton
Iron Man (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lew Ayres, Robert Armstrong, Jean Harlow
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After nearly running over him with her cab, Patty Mitchell picks up a fare who claims to have amnesia. As he fumbles to remember the basic facts of his identity, Patty becomes interested in... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford, Richard Lane
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Charles Boyer, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Set during British India 1857, Captain Clayboune (Rock Hudson) is faced with restoring his reputation after being harshly disciplined for disobeying orders.

Director: Laslo Benedek
Stars: Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A hard-line judge is tempted toward mercy-killing by his wife's terminal cancer.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Florence Eldridge
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Police detective sergeant Jeff Andrews is working on a case involving a gang of shoplifters, and he allows himself to falsely arrested as a petty thief, in order to make contact with the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Scott Brady, Mona Freeman, Andrea King
The Fat Man (1951)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A dentist's murder is investigated by hefty sleuth Brad Runyan.

Director: William Castle
Stars: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Olivia Harwood, missionary's widow, meets charming Mark Bellis, artist and rogue, on the ship taking them both back to 1890s London. When Olivia opens a lodging house Mark becomes her ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Ray Milland, Ann Todd, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Shakedown (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Unscrupulous and opportunistic San Francisco news media photographer Jack Early steps-on and uses folks, to get ahead, but in the end he tangles with the wrong people.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Howard Duff, Peggy Dow, Brian Donlevy
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Rose Warren Mason
...
George Mason
...
Tommy 'Speed' O'Keefe aka Kosco
...
'Tiny' Ford - Photographer
...
Max Watkins
...
Alex Mallick (as Jim Arness)
Steve Martin ...
Joe Savella
George Baxter ...
Herb Riley
Edit

Storyline

In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's all man in the ring -- or anywhere!

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atsalenios andras  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In their championship bout that climaxes the movie, Jeff Chandler is introduced at 212 pounds, Rock Hudson at 198 pounds. See more »

Quotes

Alex Mallick: [to Coke Mason] Let me tell you something, mister. I can still lick you if you fight like a man, but not when you fight like some kind of animal.
See more »

Connections

Version of Some Blondes Are Dangerous (1937) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fourth-billed Rock Hudson breaks away from the pack in obscure, worthy fight flick
8 August 2003 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Can it be merely coincidence, even in the relative innocence of 1951, that the boxers in Iron Man go by the names of Coke and Speed? (The fact that they're played by Jeff Chandler and Rock Hudson, whom viewers today will identify as, respectively, a cross-dresser and a gay man, adds another latter-day dimension to their sweat-lubricated clinches.) In any case, their stimulating monikers do no injustice to the story – a jacked-up, strung-out fight movie that's a worthy entry in that oddly distinguished, brutal genre.

It starts in Coaltown, Pennsylvania, a mining community where the only excitement is wondering when the shafts will cave in. When Chandler takes on a bully and thoroughly thrashes him, his brother (Steve McNally) and girl (Evelyn Keyes) see a glamorous future and fast money for him – and for them. The only catch is that Chandler isn't a born boxer: He's clumsy and gets pummeled. But when he's hurt (and then jeered at), he falls into blind, murderous rages, going after his opponents by fair means or foul. He wins purses and titles but not the hearts of the fans – they don't like dirty fighters, and come only in hopes of seeing him get his comeuppance. But they keep coming, and soon Chandler's poised for the heavyweight title.

The story, ably directed by Joseph Pevney, follows a familiar course: The fallings-out with his brother and his wife, the big-time sportswriter who becomes his manager (Jim Backus), the fixed fight, the fallacious sense of invincibility. And the ending is a little too pat and feel-good. But it's one of Chandler's best roles (he's as good as Kirk Douglas in The Champion, if not so convincing as Robert Ryan in The Set-Up, both of two years earlier). Evelyn Keyes has but two things to do: First egg him on, then beg him to stop, but she's, as always, distinctive. (She gets slugged by him, too.)

Hudson's another case entirely. In the part of the loyal sparring-partner who turns into the challenger, he's confined to playing L'il Abner – a good-natured but dim-witted lout. But in the final grudge-match, he reverts to the sheer, feral physicality of which he was capable but rarely called upon to display – and, in its final scene, he all but steals the movie away from Chandler. He's the breakout star.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?