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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!

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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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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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Decent....but not much more.
15 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a crowded auditorium booing the champ, Coke Mason (Jeff Chandler), as he enters the ring for a title defense. His wife who is there in the audience has a flashback and you see Coke going from coal miner (a rather obvious name for a coal miner, I know) to champion. He had no interest in boxing...mostly because when Coke loses his temper he only wants to kill his opponent...an urge Coke has kept in check all his life. But his wife and brother push and push him until ultimately he enters the ring....and is reviled by most everyone due to his being a dirty fighter. What's next? See the film.

This is a mediocre film in a genre filled with excellent boxing movies. Much of what happens is pretty predictable and the character played by Rock Hudson is pretty poorly written and acted...plus Hudson was all wrong to be playing a boxer. Overall, a decent time-passer and not a lot more to it than that.


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