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THE IRON MISTRESS
Well here we go again Kevin Sellers. Always a pleaser to cross blades with you over films. We agree on this one, Surprise! A story about James Bowie without the final chapter, The Alamo is puzzling. There is a fantastic book about the Bowie knife if your interested. During Bowies life and particularly just after his death, the Bowie knife became a craze in America, and world wide. So much could or would not be said at the time the Iron Mistress film was made. Slave Trader, silver mine owner in TEJAS ( TEXAS) land owner and dealer (some say swindler of a few million acres, never been proved). I love Virginia Mayo in this one and White Heat shes sooo evil and beautiful.
the iron mistress
- kevin sellers
A biopic of Jim Bowie without the Alamo is like Wyatt Earp sans OK Corral or Hamilton minus the duel; in other words, half ass.
THE IRON MISTRESS
REPLY TO RED RAIN. Took a Farriers rasp and yes, did hammer forge a Bowie Knife in about four days. It was hard work shaping, hardening, and tempering the blade 9 inches long by 2 inches wide. Over all length16 inches. The blacksmith / blade smith, I worked with was a stickler for perfection. When we were finished, he tested the steel to ensure it had been done right. To be fare, Im sure he would agree with You, it should take longer to finish. The only scene in the movie, I found pure Hollywood, was when Jim Bowie jumps down into the ravine and does a beautiful forward roll, In The Dark, ending upright with the knife in his hand. Ah Hollywood. When I watched Rambo 1 and 2, and 3, I saw the same kind of Hollywood stuff, when Rambo first lands in the lands in the forest/ jungle/ desert and starts running, with the knife swinging at his side in his hand. Some things never change, at least in the movies.
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REPLY TO RED RAIN. With all the technology available today, a Bowie knife either factory or custom blacksmith forged, can be made in a few days. In fact it could be done back in the old days 1820s / 1830s by men like James Black who was also a silversmith. Granted, they would prefer to take more time.
Good in 1984. Good today.
"The Iron Mistress" was the first movie I watched when Channel 59, Indianapolis, Indiana, first aired in 1984. It was good then, and it's good now. You've got good performances and a script that wisely uses only parts of the novel. (Leaving out Bowie's role in slave trading and his remain years in Texas. We already know his fate at the Alamo and we want him to have at least some kind of happy ending.) The best acting goes to Virginia Mayo, she plays a woman who's first name is the female edition of Judas and she makes the most of her role. Totally worth the view.
Come back, Lame!
- Buff Movie
Plodding script, atrocious acting, and confused direction make this movie painful to watch. Ladd seems trapped in a bad dream. The villains are amusingly vile, the plot leaps around like a demented rabbit, and the fight scenes (there are lots of them) are lame. Actors with American accents play Mexicans, and any real Mexican actors have only bit parts or provide comic relief. It's not worth watching.
the iron mistress
love this movie. alan ladd does a great job of portraying james bowie as a quiet, soft spoken man. according to history and the mexican people, santiago as bowie was called could also be dangerous when angered or crossed i would love to see this story redone with an actor who physically looks the part. the best man for the part?
Entertaining period piece
This film is a good story but pure fiction in so many ways that it defies belief. The history of the Bowie Knife, in particular, is a fantasy here and, as any good metallurgist can tell you, you could never make a knife as large as a Bowie in less than four days. There is also the fact that Bowie had many knives made over his lifetime and nobody knows which was actually first. There was also no challenging of duels in an offhand manner as is suggested here, not even in New Orleans! Putting all this aside, it's an entertaining film and worth watching on a rainy afternoon. Virginia Mayo is beautiful but really evil, as the coquettish Southern belle who goads men into despicable duels, as well as into marrying her. She's actually quite good in this film. I've never, ever liked Alan Ladd, as I don't believe he could act. He plays Alan Ladd in every single film, never changing his voice or his expression. All he changes is the role name and his clothing. This film didn't change my opinion!
the best alan ladd movie
the iron mistress is the best movie alan ladd ever made. he was at the peak of his career and made 'shane' about a year later. from there, his career tumbled until he made a great appearance in the 'carpetbaggers,' his last film. 'mistres' is very colorful, full of action and may play with history a bit, but still a 4-star movie. virginia mayo, too, has never been better. a must-see for alan ladd fans.
The Iron Mistress
- J Haynes
This movie has it all I loved it so much I had a custom knife made just like the one in the movive. Mr. Alan Ladd is a great actor in all his movies. I can watch it over and over again.
Alan Ladd movie lover
- CHester Teague
I remember watching all of Alan Ladd's movies as I growing up. They were always action packed and well directed. I wish they made more movies like they did years ago, instead of all this computer generated junk they make now. It doesn't take much acting ability to do what they do now. I have been trying to buy any of Alan Ladd's videos/DVD's, I would appreciate any help I can get.Thanks
Alan Ladd movies
- R. Keck
Alan Ladd movies are wonderful, and one of his very best is "The Iron Mistress". It has plenty of action, and a love story, too. Why not run it on TCM so more people can know who Alan Ladd was. I fear he is becoming forgotten. Thanks