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The Iron Mistress (1952)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography  |  12 March 1953 (Japan)
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Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to New Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he must become sophisticated and does... See full summary »

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Judalon de Bornay
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Juan Moreno
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Ursula de Varamendi
Alf Kjellin ...
Philippe de Cabanal
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Narcisse de Bornay
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Black Jack Sturdevant (as Tony Caruso)
Nedrick Young ...
Henri Contrecourt (as Ned Young)
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Rezin Bowie
Robert Emhardt ...
Gen. Cuny
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Dr. Cuny (as Donald Beddoe)
Harold Gordon ...
Andrew Marschalk
Jay Novello ...
Judge Crain
Nick Dennis ...
Nez Coupe
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Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to New Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he must become sophisticated and does so. By the time he sells the mill, starts a plantation and tries to wed Jedualon the woman has wed playboy Phillipe. Along the way to true wisdom he designs a special knife made from part of a meteorite. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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JIM BOWIE...a man with his name on a knife - and a woman with a weapon all her own!


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Im Banne des Teufels  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1954 with Virginia Mayo reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

The knife-maker claims the meteorite he found is made of steel. Steel is a man-made substance using iron and carbon. Metallic meteorites contain an iron-nickel alloy. See more »

Quotes

Black Jack Sturdevant: You got the guts for a ten foot circle, wrists strapped together?
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Referenced in The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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psuedo historical fiction but fun
8 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an adventure story using fiction to tell about the early years of James Bowie,prior to his martyrdom at the Alamo a few years after this film ends. This is a typical romantic adventure story with Alan Ladd giving an erstwhile honest portrayal in the role that Richard Widmark did years later in THE ALAMO. Mr Ladd was short in stature,but you would never really know that,. as all of the actors were either his height or 1 or 2 inches either way. Virginia Mayo is as usual very beautiful & well dressed,She was never considered a great actress but she could portray a very selfish woman with perfect ease. The rest of the cast is just what you would expect in this type of vehicle. Good production values with a very good knife fight in a dark room with only lightning bolts to highlight the action. A bit long at 112 minutes, but entertaining. a low *** rating or a 7 on the IMDB scale

as always

Jay Harris.


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