The Iron Petticoat1957
The Iron Petticoat (1957)
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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 Lingerie Clerk
as Sklarnoff's Secretary
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Audience Reviews for The Iron Petticoat
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.
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.
The Iron Petticoat Quotes
|Dr. Dubratz:||She is a Soviet citizen: She is entitled to be seized by the Party!|
|Maj. Chuck Lockwood:||Siberia in the spring. Must be a million laughs.|
|Vinka Kovelenko:||Here's to world peace.|
|Maj. Chuck Lockwood:||to world peace it is.|
|Maj. Chuck Lockwood:||To world peace it is.|
|Vinka Kovelenko:||You dare to drink to that openly?|
|Maj. Chuck Lockwood:||- I don't think anybody heard me.|
|Maj. Chuck Lockwood:||I don't think anybody heard me.|