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The Iron Petticoat (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 January 1957 (USA)
Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writer:

Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood
Katharine Hepburn ... Captain Vinka Kovelenko
Noelle Middleton ... Lady Constance Warburton-Watts
James Robertson Justice ... Colonel Vladimir Denisovich Sklarnoff
Robert Helpmann ... Major Ivan Kropotkin
David Kossoff ... Dr. Anton Antonovich Dubratz
Alan Gifford ... Colonel Newton Tarbell
Nicholas Phipps ... Tony Mallard
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Major Lewis
Sidney James ... Paul
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Senator Howley
Sandra Dorne ... Tityana
Richard Wattis ... Lingerie Clerk
Tutte Lemkow ... Sutsiyawa
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Major Osip Feodor Ganovich
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Storyline

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her the bright side of capitalism, while she tries to convince him of the superority of communism. Naturaly, they fall in love, but there's still the KGB, which doesn't like the idea of having a defected Russian officer running around in London. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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There's a little lace and a lot of laughs in "The Iron Petticoat"! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Petticoat See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn had a difficult and wary relationship during production as Hepburn became aware that the film was being changed to a typical Hope comedy leaving nearly fifty percent of her work on the film on the cutting room floor. As a result writer Ben Hecht unsuccessfully tried to have his name removed from the film. See more »

Goofs

When the "MiG" is shown at the beginning of the film it's not an actual MiG, but a US-built Republic F-84F. The U.S. aircraft sent out to intercept it are North American F-86Ds See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: U.S. AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS GERMANY

Once upon a time. . . . See more »

Connections

Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Knightsbridge March
(uncredited)
Music by Eric Coates
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Bob and Kate deliver, but still a dull film.
13 November 2001 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Bland cold war comedy was a rare British effort for Hope who was teamed for the first (and last) time with Hepburn. Hope was coming off his best film ever (THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS) so he was in his prime as an actor, but poor dialogue and little happening on screen gave him and his co-star little to do except react to each other. These two pros acted very well together but too fews laughs and no big ones (I begged for even the lamest of pratfalls) made for a murky and unrewarding effort. For die-hard fans of the stars only.


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