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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?

Bob Hope and Ben Hecht clashed during production due to creative differences. At one point, Hecht demanded that his name be taken off the film; his request wasn't granted.See more »
Factual errors: The enlisted men in the radar room at the beginning are wearing Army insignia of rank, not Air Force.See more »
Colonel Tarbell:What do you think of her?
Major Chuck Lockwood:Well, women in uniform bother me. I don't know whether to kiss em' or salute em'!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) (V)See more »
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Worse Than Its Reputation Would Have You Believe, 31 December 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Iron Petticoat (1956)

BOMB (out of 4)

Every once in a while I'll watch a film with a bad reputation and find it not nearly as bad as you'd have believed. When I heard that the Bob Hope Estate pretty much removed this film from circulation I figured it was just a movie not up to his standards but that's nowhere near the truth. I don't often say this but I think everyone would have been better served had this turkey remained in a vault and not seen by the public. The story centers around a Russian refugee (Katharine Hepburn) who learns her country and gets involved with an American (Bob Hope) ordered to watch after her. This is a minor re-working of NINOTCHKA but who knows what the original story was since there were so many production problems including Hope bringing along his own writers to change everything up. I rarely use a BOMB rating for any older movie but man was this thing here horrible. It was really very painful to watch because it's just so unfunny, so bad and it's just hard to believe that two legends would be involved in something this bad. As soon as we see and hear Hepburn with that Russian accent you're brain pretty much shuts off. Hepburn was one of our greatest actresses but I think it's safe to say this here is one of her worst performances. Hope is equally bad and his one-liners, written by his own writing team, are horrendous. The lack of chemistry between the two stars is incredibly bad as well. THE IRON PETTICOAT is about as bad as any movie can get and sadly for the viewer it never reaches a level of camp or a "so bad it's good" level. When I said this film was painful to get through that's the absolute truth and no one should sit through this unless they want to see how bad it actually is.

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