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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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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 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 »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) (V)See more »
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Bob&Kate Put The Cold War In Deep Freeze, 8 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Until ironically both stars of The Iron Petticoat died within a month of each other in 2003, this film may have had until June 29 of that year of holding the record for having its two co-stars survive the longest. That was the day Katharine Hepburn died and Bob Hope died on July 27 and between them they had 196 years on earth. That's the only distinction The Iron Petticoat has.

Ben Hecht got on Bob Hope's case for allowing his gag writers to intrude in on his screenplay and story. Personally I can't believe they could have loused it up as bad as what his idea originally was. Katharine Hepburn is a female Russian jet ace who defects from the Soviet Union, not because of any disagreement with Communism, but because she was passed over for promotion in the Russian Air Force.

But the Americans still think they can convert her for propaganda purposes and who do they assign to the task? Not real life American air war hero James Stewart, but Bob Hope who plays the jet pilot who forced Kate's jet down. Who here really believes Bob Hope as a war hero pilot?

It's obvious Hope did interfere and it probably cost Hepburn some of her scenes, but the premise was so ridiculous I can understand why he thought the film needed help. As for Hepburn she throws on an accent that might be described as Maria Ouspenskaya on crystal meth.

Even such fine players as James Robertson Justice as the KGB man assigned to kidnap Hepburn back are wasted here.

The Iron Petticoat was a terrible idea made even worse in the execution. No wonder it's never shown in revivals of either Hope or Hepburn.

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