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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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7 January 1957 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The "MIG" shown at the beginning of the movie is not an F86 Saberjet it is an F84 Thunderstreak. Note the wings are higher on the body and the cockpit is further aft on an F84 than an F86. 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

Vinka Kovelenko: It's too dangerous!
Major Chuck Lockwood: Marriage?
Vinka Kovelenko: Moscow! We're going to live in Indianapolis, Indiana!
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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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User Reviews

Chemistry of Hepburn and Hope boosts dated cold-war comedy
2 August 2003 | by (Irlam, England) – See all my reviews

The late Hepburn and Hope were an odd coupling, but they did manage to generate a certain amount of chemistry.

Hepburn's interpretation of a Russian aviatrix is nothing more than a caricature, and the script presents a view of Russia and its people in line with the anti-Soviet sentiments of the McCarthy fifties. However, Kate does look great in her military uniform, and she is also woman enough to make you believe that Hope would fall for her. There was always something about the way Hepburn looked at a man that led you to believe he was in for a truly joyous experience.

This isn't a great film, but it passes the time.


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