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The Iron Petticoat
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Release Date:
7 January 1957 (USA) See more »
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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... 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: 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 »
The Knightsbridge MarchSee more »


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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An interesting oddity, 17 January 2008
Author: SnaggleSnark from United Kingdom

This film had the potential to be much better. The charm and talent of Hepburn and Hope, the conflict of attitudes between East/West, Democracy/Communism, male/female. However, none of these elements work quite as well as they might have done.

Despite being rather over the top at the start, Hepburn is very good sporadically (the Russian accents and characters in general are stereotypical caricatures). Her androgynous persona is well cast, although used rather crudely at times - the film has a nervously defencive and jokey treatment of burgeoning feminist ideas, probably typical of the era.

Unfortunately, Hepburn's character is often relegated to be the foil for Hope's one liners. These are sometimes funny, but tend to predominate over characterisation, narrative, and the film in general, giving the whole piece an oddly disjointed, flat feel.

With a more pacey and intelligent script, the likable charm of Hope and the feisty emotion of Hepburn could have made a quirky, witty film. Instead, this rather dated film remains an interesting, although sometimes uncomfortable watch, as a snapshot of attitudes in the 1950s, and the unusual pairing of these two stars.

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