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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood
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Captain Vinka Kovelenko
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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Trivia

Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn had a difficult and wary relationship during production as Hepburn became aware that the film was being changed to a typical Hope comedy leaving nearly fifty percent of her work on the film on the cutting room floor. As a result writer Ben Hecht unsuccessfully tried to have his name removed from the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Colonel Tarbell: It doesn't hurt to tantalize em'.
Major Chuck Lockwood: Tantalize an heiress? That's like not opening your parachute!
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Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »

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The Knightsbridge March
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Music by Eric Coates
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Dreadful nonsense that makes 87 minutes feel like 200
17 January 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

What was Hepburn thinking? This is a really poor film that goes nowhere and feels like it takes a long time doing it. Bob Hope relies, as ever, on the knowing side-glances but hasn't anything funny to say to justify them, whilst Hepburn spends the whole film doing a dreadful Russian accent to no purpose other than to annoy. It's a clumsy, stereotyped and frankly disturbing film that says much about the paranoia of the times. For the film's publicity to rave about the chemistry between Hepburn and Hope is laughable....their only chemistry is of the kind that brews sleeping potions.

Is there anything to salvage 87 minutes that feels like 200? Absolutely, the great Richard Wattis makes an appearance just as you are reaching for the remote. It's only a brief moment as he tries to sell sexy under-ware to Hepburn, but it's an oasis worth waiting for.

Bottom line....dreadful nonsense that never raises a smile


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