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The Swingin' Maiden (1963)

The Iron Maiden (original title)
An American airline firm plans to buy a new British passenger plane, but the deal hits trouble when the plane's designer, Jack Hopkins (Michael Craig), and Kathy Fisher (Anne Helm), the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Jack Hopkins
Anne Helm ... Kathy Fisher
Jeff Donnell ... Miriam Fisher
Alan Hale Jr. ... Paul Fisher (as Alan Hale)
Noel Purcell ... Admiral Sir Digby Trevelyan
Cecil Parker ... Sir Giles Thompson
Roland Culver ... Lord Upshott
Joan Sims ... Nellie Carter
John Standing ... Humphrey Gore-Brown
Brian Oulton ... The Vicar
Sam Kydd ... Fred Carter
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Webb
Richard Thorp ... Harry Markham
Jim Dale ... Bill - Thompson's Salesman
George Woodbridge ... Mr. Ludge


An American airline firm plans to buy a new British passenger plane, but the deal hits trouble when the plane's designer, Jack Hopkins (Michael Craig), and Kathy Fisher (Anne Helm), the daughter of the Airline owner, take an instant dislike to each other, after crashing into each other in a quiet country lane. With each blaming the other for the accident, the arrangement looks in trouble, unless nature takes a hand. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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Meet THE IRON MAIDEN ... vital statistics - 28ft - 8ft - 12ft Weight 16 tons - and he loved every inch of her! See more »




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Release Date:

4 February 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swingin' Maiden See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The futuristic new supersonic airliner that they are trying to sell to TransGlobal Airlines is actually not even a passenger-carrying plane. The aircraft shown throughout the movie is a Handley Page Victor, a subsonic Strategic Nuclear Bomber, one of Britain's famous V-Bombers used by the R.A.F. throughout the Cold War years. See more »


When Paul Fisher chops down the wooden signs with an axe to create firewood for The Iron Maiden, a metallic clang (instead of a dull thump of axe on wood) is dubbed on each time the axe strikes the sign. See more »


Admiral Sir Digby Trevelyan: Turn on the ejector cock, Vicar, or we'll both be blown to the Devil!
The Vicar: Speak for yourself.
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A Delightful Experience
5 February 2002 | by hernebaySee all my reviews

Anyone unchastened by the dogmas of Political Correctness will find "The Iron Maiden" a delightful experience. Gender roles remain refreshingly undeconstructed. Michael Craig is a hero of surpassing manliness, while Anne Helm is a heroine of beguiling, if occasionally infuriating, femininity. Craig is a first-rank aircraft designer for Cecil Parker's top-flight (pun fully intended) aviation firm.

In classic "Pride and Prejudice"/"Jane Eyre" fashion, initial aversion is quickly translated into hopeless infatuation, a process much assisted by the allure deficit of Craig's hapless romantic (and business) rival, John Standing, a chinless wonder to end all chinless wonders. Pivotal to the proceedings is Anne Helm's commandeering of Craig's beloved traction engine, the eponymous Iron Maiden, which earns her a richly-deserved spanking. After this key event, even the social ambitions of her foolish mother, which favour the advances of Standing, cannot deflect the course of true love. Craig bonds spectacularly with Helm's aircraft tycoon father, and he goes on to win the Woburn traction engine rally against his other key rival, Admiral Digby Trevelyan, with the eventual assistance of the tycoon's chastened daughter.

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