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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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He's a Spy...She's a Spy...and IT'S SPYHIGH WITH HILARITY! (original print ad - many caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

The film's 2 leads 'Katharine Hepburn (I)' and 'Bob Hope (I)' both died in the summer of 2003 living exceptionally long lives - Hepburn died on June 29 at the age of 96, Hope died almost a month later on July 27 at the age of 100. See more »

Goofs

The MiG shown at the beginning of the film has the letter S written on it. A Soviet aircraft would only use letters from the Cyrillic, not the Latin, alphabet. See more »

Quotes

[Chuck tells Vinka how he plans to talk Colonel Tarbell into letting Vinka go to London]
Vinka Kovelenko: Do you think the Colonel would be fooled by such a ridiculous statement?
Major Chuck Lockwood: If he'll eat Army food, he'll swallow anything!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Knightsbridge March
(uncredited)
Music by Eric Coates
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Worse Than Its Reputation Would Have You Believe
31 December 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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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