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The Iron Petticoat
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Release Date:
7 January 1957 (USA) See more »
Bob and Kate...Simply Great See more »
Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood

Katharine Hepburn ... Captain Vinka Kovelenko
Noelle Middleton ... Lady Connie Warburton-Watts

James Robertson Justice ... Colonel Sklarnoff

Robert Helpmann ... 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
Martin Boddey ... Grisha
Richard Leech
Eugene Deckers ... Bartender
Stanley Zevic
Alexis Chesnakov
André Mikhelson (as Andre Mikhelson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Antippas ... Sklarnoff's Secretary (uncredited)
Cyril Chamberlain ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Alf Dean ... Russian Strongarm Man (uncredited)
Doris Goddard ... Maria (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Thomas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Hecht  screenplay
Harry Saltzman  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Betty E. Box .... producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Denis Holt .... production manager (as R. Denis Holt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Ware .... assistant director
Patrick Clayton .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Sound Department
Roger Cherrill .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Ron Butcher .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Danny Daniel .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Caffin .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... musical director
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Joan Davis .... continuity
Penny Daniels .... assistant continuity (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
87 min | UK:96 min | USA:94 min (TCM print) (restored)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Italy:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:A (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: When the "MiG" is shown at the beginning of the film it's not an actual MiG, but a US-built F-86. This would have been less obvious if the U.S. aircraft sent out to intercept it hadn't also been F-86s.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) (V)See more »
The Knightsbridge MarchSee more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A lost film that could have stayed lost, 29 May 2013
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Very minor reworking of Ninotchka with Hope and Kate, whose accent is all over the place, sharing little to no chemistry. The script is weak but if Cary Grant, her best costar, had appeared in this as originally planned it might not have been a classic but because of their rapport a much better film than it is.

A product of much backstage enmity. Hope and Hepburn disdained each other and Hope and the film's writer Ben Hecht fought to the point they took the battle public in printed ads denouncing each other, the resulting picture hardly seems worth it. A flat, inert misfire necessary only to completist of the starring duos work.

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