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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:

Not for Money 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

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

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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For die-hard Hope or Hepburn fans only.
27 May 2009 | by eddaxSee all my reviews

I was born too late to appreciate Bob Hope, since his talent showed mostly in presenting and stand-up. He has mostly left behind a less-than-stellar movie career, as evidenced by his highest rated movie (in IMDb) being The Muppet Movie, and even that's not nearly high enough to be in the Top 250. I enjoyed his Fancy Pants, but I have to say that was largely due to the presence of Lucille Ball.

I am, however, a mad fan of Katharine Hepburn and eagerly devour all of her movies. But great as she is, she still has some clunkers in her repertoire, and unfortunately this is one of them.

Egads, the Russian accent. I think that once she realized how bad it sounded (not for lack of trying), she just went all out to ham up the performance. There's chemistry between the two legends that are Hepburn and Hope, but the script lets them down, and the lines mostly fall flat. It doesn't even venture into camp, in which the movie's worth a watch just because you want to see Hepburn play Chinese (Dragon Seed) or a mountain girl (Spitfire). I would pretty much only recommend this for die-hard Hope or Hepburn enthusiasts (like me).


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