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The Iron Petticoat (1956)

 |  Comedy  |  7 January 1957 (USA)
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Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

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Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood
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Noelle Middleton ...
Lady Connie Warburton-Watts
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Colonel Sklarnoff
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Ivan Kropotkin
David Kossoff ...
Dr. Anton Dubratz
Alan Gifford ...
Colonel Newt Tarbell
Nicholas Phipps ...
Tony Mallard
Paul Carpenter ...
Major Lewis
Sidney James ...
Paul
Alexander Gauge ...
Senator Howley
Sandra Dorne ...
Tityana
Richard Wattis ...
Lingerie Clerk
Tutte Lemkow ...
Sutsiyawa
Olaf Pooley
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Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her the bright side of capitalism, while she tries to convince him of the superority of communism. Naturaly, they fall in love, but there's still the KGB, which doesn't like the idea of having a defected Russian officer running around in London. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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There's a little lace and a lot of laughs in "The Iron Petticoat"! See more »

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Bob Hope and Ben Hecht clashed during production due to creative differences. At one point, Hecht demanded that his name be taken off the film; his request wasn't granted. See more »

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The enlisted men in the radar room at the beginning are wearing Army insignia of rank, not Air Force. See more »

Quotes

Vinka Kovelenko: I should think they would send a taller man.
Major Chuck Lockwood: [looks down] Well, maybe I'll grow on you!
Vinka Kovelenko: You have an odd face.
Major Chuck Lockwood: It came with the body. It's a set!
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Not too bad
6 January 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't know how to describe either of the lead performances in "The Iron Petticoat". Supposedly the unofficial remake of the 1939 Greta Garbo classic "Ninotchka", it was either something intended to be confusingly bizarre or not up to standard remake of a great Hollywood movie.

This was the fifteenth Katharine Hepburn movie I have seen, and the first of Bob Hope's. I cannot judge Hope's performance, but I have to admit this was one of Hepburn's movies which did disappoint partially. It has been some time since I viewed the movie but I don't think her Russian accent was convincing. Generally, the supporting cast was rather forgettable, and the film contained many aspects previously unknown to me of any good Kate Hepburn.

The script had noticeable flaws, and got a little dull in parts. On a higher note, there were a few moments that did please and even a few laughs.

Overall, the film is not as terrible as I may make it out to be. But the grass is greener elsewhere for better Katharine Hepburn comedies. Unless you're out to see as much of her excellent work as possible like myself, give "The Iron Petticoat" a miss.

Rating: 6/10


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