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The Iron Mistress (1952)

The life of nineteenth-century pioneer Jim Bowie is portrayed.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

James R. Webb (screenplay), Paul Wellman (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Jim Bowie
Virginia Mayo ... Judalon de Bornay
Joseph Calleia ... Juan Moreno
Phyllis Kirk ... Ursula de Varamendi
Alf Kjellin ... Philippe de Cabanal
Douglas Dick ... Narcisse de Bornay
Anthony Caruso ... Black Jack Sturdevant (as Tony Caruso)
Nedrick Young ... Henri Contrecourt (as Ned Young)
George Voskovec ... John James Audubon
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Rezin Bowie
Robert Emhardt ... Gen. Cuny
Don Beddoe ... Dr. Cuny (as Donald Beddoe)
Harold Gordon Harold Gordon ... Andrew Marschalk
Jay Novello ... Judge Crain
Nick Dennis ... Nez Coupe
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Storyline

Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to New Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he must become sophisticated and does so. By the time he sells the mill, starts a plantation and tries to wed Jedualon the woman has wed playboy Phillipe. Along the way to true wisdom he designs a special knife made from part of a meteorite. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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JIM BOWIE...a man with his name on a knife - and a woman with a weapon all her own!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 March 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La maîtresse de fer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film for Alan Ladd under his new contract with Warner Bros. after spending the previous ten years at Paramount. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is hitting the pinata she is blindfolded, but you can see clearly that she is following the pinata swing as she hits it. See more »

Quotes

Black Jack Sturdevant: You got the guts for a ten foot circle, wrists strapped together?
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Referenced in The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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psuedo historical fiction but fun
8 June 2001 | by jaybobSee all my reviews

This is an adventure story using fiction to tell about the early years of James Bowie,prior to his martyrdom at the Alamo a few years after this film ends. This is a typical romantic adventure story with Alan Ladd giving an erstwhile honest portrayal in the role that Richard Widmark did years later in THE ALAMO. Mr Ladd was short in stature,but you would never really know that,. as all of the actors were either his height or 1 or 2 inches either way. Virginia Mayo is as usual very beautiful & well dressed,She was never considered a great actress but she could portray a very selfish woman with perfect ease. The rest of the cast is just what you would expect in this type of vehicle. Good production values with a very good knife fight in a dark room with only lightning bolts to highlight the action. A bit long at 112 minutes, but entertaining. a low *** rating or a 7 on the IMDB scale

as always

Jay Harris.


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