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The Iron Petticoat (1956)

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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7 January 1957 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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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

When Lockwood and Kovelenko arrive at the "USAF Control Office" the background to the left with the old car parked in front of a building is obviously a flat, painted backdrop and not real or a part of a set. There is no depth or shadow. See more »

Quotes

Major Chuck Lockwood: [holding out a bottle of whiskey] I tried to get vodka, but they were out.
Vinka Kovelenko: Yes, I heard you Americans were on short rations.
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Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »

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The Knightsbridge March
(uncredited)
Music by Eric Coates
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Bad for Hepburn
29 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie for the first and I hope the last time today. It was presented on TCM movie channel for the first time in 40 years, so we were told. It was hidden in England all these years. And no wonder. This has got to be the worst film ever Kate. Her accent of a Russian was terrible. Bob,s performance was his normal stupidity. And using classic English actors as Russians does not help the film. The story line has been used many times in films. Some with success. It just does not work in this one. Maybe they made the film just for the money. It,s missing the artistic talent that is available with these stars. This is truly a "bomb".


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