The Iron Mistress (1952)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    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 ... Rezin Bowie
    Robert Emhardt ... Gen. Cuny
    Don Beddoe ... Dr. Cuny (as Donald Beddoe)
    Harold Gordon ... Andrew Marschalk
    Jay Novello ... Judge Crain
    Nick Dennis ... Nez Coupe
    Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Bowie
    Dick Paxton ... John Bowie
    George J. Lewis ... Col. Wells
    Edward Colmans ... Don Juan de Varamendi
    Gordon Nelson ... Dr. Maddox
    Daria Massey ... Teresa de Varamendi
    and many more...

    Gordon Douglas

    Writing Credits
    James R. Webb ... (screenplay)
    Paul Wellman ... (novel)
    Henry Blanke

    Max Steiner

    John F. Seitz

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1954 with Virginia Mayo reprising her film role.

    Character error
    When the girl is hitting the pinata she is blindfolded, but you can see here clearly following the pinata swing as she hits it.

    Factual errors
    The knife-maker claims the meteorite he found is made of steel. Steel is a man-made substance using iron and carbon. Metallic meteorites contain an iron-nickel alloy.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA (studio)
    Juarez Square, Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA (San Antonio, Texas scenes)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • The Iron Mistress is a 1952 film drama directed by
    Gordon Douglas and starring Alan Ladd as Jim Bowie.
    It ends with Bowie's marriage to Ursula de Veramendi
    and does not deal with his death at the Battle of the Alamo

    It was the first film Ladd made at Warner Bros. after spending a decade at Paramount Pictures.

    Original novel
    Paul Wellman's novel was published in 1951. The Los Angeles Times called it "a rattling good story".
    The New York Times called it "an excellent quasi fictional biography from that skein of tangled legend and fact."

    The book became a best seller. Warner Bros bought the film rights and Errol Flynn
    was mentioned as a possible star. However Alan Ladd had also signed a contract with Warners;
    he read a copy of the novel and wanted to do it.

    Henry Blanke was the producer and James Webb was assigned to do the screenplay.

    During filming a fire swept through the Warner Bros lot but the unit for Iron Mistress was on location at the time.
    Alan Ladd injured his knee during the shoot and broke his hand on the last day of filming.

    User Review

    A forced fit of romance and knife fights, gun fights, sword fights, fight fights...
    17 June 2010 | by secondtake (United States)

    Best Wishes
    London- England