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Iron Man (1931)

Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.

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Complete credited cast:
... Kid Mason
... George Regan
... Rose Mason
... Paul H. Lewis
... Jeff
... McNeil
Morrie Cohan ... Rattler O'Keefe
... Showgirl
Mildred Van Dorn ... Gladys DeVere
... Riley
Sammy Blum ... Mandel
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Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.

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30 April 1931 (USA)  »

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Järnmannen  »

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Kid Mason: Rose!
[he comes out of the bedroom]
Kid Mason: Guess I don't look so good, do I?
Rose Mason: [she looks at him] Oh, well...
Kid Mason: I went after him too fast. I guess I guessed wrong.
Rose Mason: So did I, guess wrong. I guessed I'd be wearing that fur coat you been shooting off your head about. And I guessed we'd be moving out of this hole. Wasn't I a dope?
Kid Mason: You'll get your fur coat, Rose.
Rose Mason: Sure... if I go out and shoot a couple of cats!
Kid Mason: My own fault. I didn't fight the way George told me to. Now he's through with me.
Rose Mason: Oh, you shudda been ...
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Tough in the ring...and an idiot outside of it!
31 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a film that could have worked better. However, making the leading man this obnoxious and one-dimensional doom this film from the onset. You can't help but not only hate the guy but think he's a total idiot as well!

When the film begins, Kid Mason (Lew Ayres) has lost his first boxing match...and his loving Rose (Jean Harlow) takes a powder*. Without her bad influence, his boxing career soon takes off and he quickly (too quickly) works his way up to the big fight with the champion. This is about the time Rose returns--and Kid is so stupid that he takes her back no questions asked. Although he wins the fight, Kid soon gets a swelled head--and spends much more time partying and hanging with society folk than practicing in the gym. And, incidentally, he's instantly become a complete jerk. Can Kid's trainer (Robert Armstrong) save this palooka** or is Kid just destined for a huge fall?

The biggest problem with this film was pacing. It ran 68 minutes but could have used another 20 to help develop the characters as they come off as one- dimensional and more caricatures than people. Additionally, Kid changes too much too fast to be realistic--from a sweet guy to a complete nasty jerk instantly! None of the film makes sense because of it and it's all very superficial and silly. It's hard to believe this sub-par film was directed by Tod Browning...the same brilliant and innovative man that brought us Bela Lugosi in "Dracula" and the scariest movie of its time, "Freaks". Not worth your time....unless you are REALLY desperate!

I decided to pepper my review with some cool 1930s slang. *Take a powder-- leaves him. **Palooka--a boxer.


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