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Iron Man (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 20 September 1951 (USA)
An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (novel), George Zuckerman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Chandler ... Coke Mason
Evelyn Keyes ... Rose Warren Mason
Stephen McNally ... George Mason
Rock Hudson ... Tommy 'Speed' O'Keefe aka Kosco
Joyce Holden ... 'Tiny' Ford - Photographer
Jim Backus ... Max Watkins
James Arness ... Alex Mallick (as Jim Arness)
Steve Martin Steve Martin ... Joe Savella
George Baxter ... Herb Riley
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Storyline

In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He's all man in the ring -- or anywhere!

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atsalenios andras See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In their championship bout that climaxes the movie, Jeff Chandler is introduced at 212 pounds, Rock Hudson at 198 pounds. See more »

Quotes

Alex Mallick: [to Coke Mason] Let me tell you something, mister. I can still lick you if you fight like a man, but not when you fight like some kind of animal.
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Remake of Iron Man (1931) See more »

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Killer Instinct
24 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In another few years coal miner turned boxer turned actor Charles Bronson would have been perfect to star in this film which was almost autobiographical in his case. Like Jeff Chandler in this film, Bronson was brought up in the Pennsylvania coal mining country and took up boxing before acting as a way out of some dire poverty.

Chandler plays coal miner Coke Mason who only wants to earn enough money to start a business and get married to Evelyn Keyes. But his brother Stephen McNally sees a future in Chandler's fists and wants to manage him.

Chandler has one thing that can't be taught. He has a murderous punch and a killer instinct in the ring. Lots of fighters have that, two of the most prominent were Jack Dempsey and Rocky Graziano. In fact in that aspect this version of Iron Man is close to the Graziano film Somebody Up There Likes Me.

The main weakness in the film is there is no real explanation for why Chandler is such an animal in the ring. Especially since one of the supporting characters is Rock Hudson who is from those same mines and also becomes a boxer, but he uses skill and speed and is a fan favorite. Chandler is as unpopular as one of Vince McMahon's patented wresting villains.

It's a good boxing film, but this version of Iron Man will never rank with a film like Champion where another prize fighter has a killer instinct.


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