The Iron Petticoat (1957)

The Iron Petticoat





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Lensed in England, The Iron Petticoat has been out of circulation for so long that it's difficult to determine whether it is a long-lost classic or the unmitigated disaster many have claimed it to be. Essentially a rehash of Ninotchka, the film stars Bob Hope as Chuck Lockwood, an American military officer assigned to "de-Communize" defecting Russian aviator Vinka Kovelonko (Katharine Hepburn). Meanwhile, Vinka tries to win Chuck over to the glories of the People's Republic. The film remains on … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Hecht
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as Vinka Kovelenko

as Maj. Chuck Lockwood

as Col. Sklarnoff

as Dr. Dubratz

as Ivan Kropotkin

as Col. Newton Tarbell

as Maj. Lewis

as Tony Mallard

as Sen. Holly

as Sutsiyawa

as Tityana

as Lingerie Clerk

as Sklarnoff's Secretar...
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The illustrious Ben Hecht was the initial screenwriter here with a work intended for Cary Grant and Kate Hepburn, but Cary dropped out and so the producers got Mr. Bob Hope instead (yeah I know, what's the connection?). And Hope (as he always did) brought his own writers to, er, "massage the script". Kate wrote in her memoirs that "... so I became his stooge." There was denunciations all round afterwards, after it was panned and bombed, and in the end Hope himself saw to it that this film was not shown in the United States for nearly 20 years.
Kate's Russian accent is as bad as could be imagined but at least you can see the old girl working to lift the thing by sheer willpower if need be. Not all of Hope's humor flies either, for all the massaging. This is not quality product.
But then it's not all bad either.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Very minor reworking of Ninotchka with Hope and Kate, whose accent is all over the place, sharing little to no chemistry. The script is weak but if Cary Grant, her best costar, had appeared in this as originally planned it might not have been a classic but because of their rapport a much better film than it is.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

no longer out of print I caught this on TCM (love u guys) it is a reworked version (#3) of 'ninotchka' behind the greta garbo version and the musical version 'silk stockings"

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