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      The Iron Petticoat

      1956 1h 30m Comedy List
      Reviews 25% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A United States officer (Bob Hope) attempts to brainwash a Soviet pilot (Katharine Hepburn) who defected because she was passed over for a promotion. Read More Read Less

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      Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Clearly unconcerned with pacing, sensible continuity, resolutions for major characters, or the ill-fitting nature of humor combined with violent abduction and treason. Rated: 2/10 Jan 2, 2022 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A strained, almost embarrassing comedy... Nov 6, 2019 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator A hotch-potch-yet a lot more entertaining than many more satisfactory, more consistent and less ambitious films. Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Hepburn is so bad she should be forced to return her Oscars after this. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Katharine Hepburn stars as a Russian pilot who defects to the West because she is passed over for a promotion in favour of an incompetent male. She is paired with American officer Bob Hope who is tasked with convincing her to stay in the West. She, in turn, endeavours to convert Hope to Communism. Hope is engaged to a wealthy aristocratic woman in England, so he finds a pretense to take Hepburn to London so he can work on her while romancing his British fiance. While in England, Soviet agents try to retrieve Hepburn. This is a terrible film that all the major participants basically disavowed. Ben Hecht wrote this loose remake of "Ninotchka" as a vehicle for Hepburn. They were looking to cast a romantic comedy lead like Cary Grant or William Holden, but only Hope was interested. When Hope was cast, he essentially brought in a crew or writers to convert the film into his kind of film. Nobody comes out ahead. Hepburn is terrible with her absurd attempt at a Russian accent. Hope seems lost and lacking his usual energy. The two hated each other ... and it shows. The film is not funny and the stars have no chemistry. Hecht tried to have his name taken off it, and Hope suppressed the film completely after it's original theatrical release, Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Frances H Just doesn't do much to entertain, even with these two great stars and Ben Hecht's writing talents. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/13/17 Full Review kevin w 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Typical Hope matinee - he plays second banana. This time to the girl that Spenser couldn't tame. Hepburn's Soviet accent is ridiculously annoying; appropriate for a punchline but not for a 90 minute movie. Bob & Kat displayed great bravery following this Marxian (brothers) script rather than improvising through the scenes - our loss. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member More of a curiosity than a quality Hope or Hepburn film. Bob Hope had a very public feud with the film's original writer, Ben Hecht, who took out a full page ad in Variety accusing Hope of ruining the film. Once Hope got back the film's rights in 1970, he took the film out of circulation in the US until it's recent airing on TCM just this past month (November 2012). It's a Ninotchka-like romance between US pilot Hope and USSR pilot Hepburn, featuring both romantic and cold war tensions in equal comedic amounts. Considering the film was supposedly going to be Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn with the original Hecht scrip, you can definitely see how this film became primarily a Bob Hope vehicle. Hepburn seems underused in the film (which was Hecht's main complaint), Hope is not as funny as his best films, but there is kind of an odd chemistry between Hope and Hepburn that kind of work and manages to keep the film alive. It's worth watching, but probably only for Hope and/or Hepburn fans. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A United States officer (Bob Hope) attempts to brainwash a Soviet pilot (Katharine Hepburn) who defected because she was passed over for a promotion.
      Ralph Thomas
      Ben Hecht
      Production Co
      Romulus Films Ltd., Hope Enterprises, Remus, London Film Production
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 11, 2016
      1h 30m