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The Iron Petticoat Details


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 , 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 a fairly subtle comic level until its unecessarily slapsticky finale, which, in to paraphrase one reviewer, caused many film fans to completely "give up Hope." Those who've seen The Iron Petticoat are astounded at how well Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn worked together, especially since it has been well documented that the two stars were decidedly not close chums off screen. The film sparked a now-famous war of words between Hope and scriptwriter Ben Hecht, both of whom took out long, rambling trade-paper ads to lambaste each other for "ruining" the project. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Bob Hope
as Maj. Chuck Lockwood
Katharine Hepburn
as Vinka Kovelenko
James Robertson Justice
as Col. Sklarnoff
David Kossoff
as Dr. Dubratz
Paul Carpenter
as Maj. Lewis
Noelle Middleton
as Connie
Nicholas Phipps
as Tony Mallard
Sidney James
as Paul
Alexander Gauge
as Senator Holly
Tutte Lemkow
as Sutsiyawa
Sandra Dorne
as Tityana
Richard Wattis
as Lingerie Clerk
Maria Antippas
as Sklarnoff's Secretary
Martin Boddey
as Grisha
Alexis Chesnakov
Eugene Deckers
Doris Goddard
as Maria
Richard Leech
Olaf Pooley
Doris Goddard
as Maria


Ralph Thomas
Betty E. Box
Harry Saltzman
Ben Hecht
Benjamin Frankel
Musical Direction/Supervision
Benjamin Frankel
Composer (Music Score)
Carmen Dillon
Art Director
Vernon Dixon
Set Designer
Yvonne Caffin
Costume Designer