The Iron Petticoat

1956, Comedy, 1h 30m

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A United States officer (Bob Hope) attempts to brainwash a Soviet pilot (Katharine Hepburn) who defected because she was passed over for a promotion.

Cast & Crew

Bob Hope
Major Charles Chuck Lockwood
Katharine Hepburn
Captain Vinka Kovelenko
Robert Helpmann
Ivan Kropotkin
David Kossoff
Dr. Anton Dubratz
Alan Gifford
Colonel Newt Tarbell
Paul Carpenter
Major Lewis
Noelle Middleton
Lady Connie Warburton-Watts
Nicholas Phipps
Tony Mallard
Alexander Gauge
Senator Howley
Richard Wattis
Lingerie Clerk
Maria Antippas
Sklarnoff's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Petticoat

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Audience Reviews for The Iron Petticoat

  • Sep 12, 2014
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2007
    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 n Super Reviewer

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