The Iron Mistress

The Iron Mistress

Director: Gordon M. Douglas Cast: Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, Joseph Calleia

DVD (Full Frame)

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Though its title would seem to indicate a medieval swashbuckler, The Iron Mistress is actually based on the life of American frontiersman Jim Bowie. Alan Ladd stars as the fearless, knife-wielding Bowie, who is first seen arriving in New Orleans to sell a supply of lumber. Bowie falls in love with duplicitous Creole lass Judalon de Bornay (a brunette Virginia Mayo), who inspires him to increase his riches and political power. When Bowie doesn't move up the ladder of success fast enough to suit her, the fickle Judalon weds another. Bowie eventually finds happiness in the arms of Ursula de Veremendi (Phyllis Kirk), the daughter of Texas' vice-governor. The film tactfully ends long before Bowie's rendezvous with destiny at the Alamo. The Iron Mistress is based on the novel by Paul I. Wellman; the highlight of the novel, a fierce knife-and-rapier duel, is faithfully recreated here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
UPC: 0883316213063
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 8,653

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Jim Bowie
Virginia Mayo Judalon de Bornay
Joseph Calleia Juan Moreno
Phyllis Kirk Ursula de Veramendi
Alf Kjellin Philippe de Cabanal
Douglas Dick Narcisse de Bornay
Ned Young Henri Contrecourt
George Voskovec John James Audubon
Richard Carlyle Rezin Bowie
Robert Emhardt Gen. Cuny
Don Beddoe Dr. Cuny
Harold Gordon Andrew Marschalk
Gordon Nelson Dr. Maddox
Jay Novello Judge Crain
Nick Dennis Nez Coupe
Sarah Selby Mrs. Bowie
Dick Paxton John Bowie
Edward Colmans Don Juan de Veramendi
Daria Massey Theresa
Salvador Baguez Mexican Artist
Madge Blake Mrs. Cuny
Eugene Borden Cocquelon
Dick Cogan Player
Richard Crane Actor
Jean del Val St. Sylvain
Ramsay Hill Malot
Reed Howes Actor
Amanda Randolph Maria
David Wolfe James Black
Anthony Caruso "Bloody Jack" Sturdevant
George Lewis Col. Wells

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
John Beckman Art Director
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Alan Crosland Editor
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
James R. Webb Screenwriter

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