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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 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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7 January 1957 (USA)  »

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The film was largely unavailable in the U.S. for more than fifty years. Bootleg versions existed throughout that time but the film was not released in American markets due to its box-office and critical failure. Turner Classic Movies broadcast the film on November 29th, 2012 and released it on Blu-ray/DVD less than a month later. See more »

Goofs

The MiG shown at the beginning of the film has the letter S written on it. A Soviet aircraft would only use letters from the Cyrillic, not the Latin, alphabet. 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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An interesting oddity
17 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film had the potential to be much better. The charm and talent of Hepburn and Hope, the conflict of attitudes between East/West, Democracy/Communism, male/female. However, none of these elements work quite as well as they might have done.

Despite being rather over the top at the start, Hepburn is very good sporadically (the Russian accents and characters in general are stereotypical caricatures). Her androgynous persona is well cast, although used rather crudely at times - the film has a nervously defencive and jokey treatment of burgeoning feminist ideas, probably typical of the era.

Unfortunately, Hepburn's character is often relegated to be the foil for Hope's one liners. These are sometimes funny, but tend to predominate over characterisation, narrative, and the film in general, giving the whole piece an oddly disjointed, flat feel.

With a more pacey and intelligent script, the likable charm of Hope and the feisty emotion of Hepburn could have made a quirky, witty film. Instead, this rather dated film remains an interesting, although sometimes uncomfortable watch, as a snapshot of attitudes in the 1950s, and the unusual pairing of these two stars.


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