Iron Man (1931 film)

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Iron Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by E. M. Asher
Tod Browning
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh
Based on the novel
by W.R. Burnett
Starring Lew Ayres
Robert Armstrong
Jean Harlow
Music by Bernie Grossman
Cinematography Percy Hilburn
Edited by Milton Carruth
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date
  • April 30, 1931 (1931-04-30)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Iron Man is a 1931 American Pre-Code sports drama film directed by Tod Browning and starring Lew Ayres and Jean Harlow.[1] In 1951, Universal remade the film with Jeff Chandler, Evelyn Keyes and Rock Hudson, directed by Joseph Pevney.


After lightweight prizefighter Kid Mason (Ayres) loses his opening fight, golddigging wife Rose (Harlow) leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around, Mason trains seriously and starts winning. Naturally, Rose returns and worms her way back into his life, despite the misgivings of manager George Regan (Armstrong). Eventually, she cons Mason into dumping Regan and replacing him with her secret lover Lewis (Miljan), even though he has almost no experience in the fight game. To make matters worse, Mason's high living and neglect of his training threatens his latest title defense.




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  • Grindon, Leger (2006). "Tod Browning's Thematic Continuity and Stylistic Development in Iron Man". In Herzogenrath, Bernd. The Films of Tod Browning. Black Dog Publications. ISBN 978-1-904772-51-4. 

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