Iron Man (1931)

72-73 mins | Drama | 30 April 1931

Director:

Tod Browning

Producer:

Carl Laemmle Jr.

Cinematographer:

Percy Hilburn

Editor:

Milton Carruth

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The W. R. Burnett story was the basis for two more Universal films: the 1937 film Some Blondes Are Dangerous (see below) and a 1950 picture, Iron Man , directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Jeff Chandler and Evelyn ... More Less

The W. R. Burnett story was the basis for two more Universal films: the 1937 film Some Blondes Are Dangerous (see below) and a 1950 picture, Iron Man , directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Jeff Chandler and Evelyn Keyes. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Apr 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 30
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jan 31
p. 38.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jan 31
p. 18.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Mar 31
p. 37.
New York Times
18 Apr 31
p. 10.
Variety
22 Apr 31
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Tod Browning Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
SOUND
Rec supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Iron Man by William Riley Burnett (New York, 1930).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 April 1931
Production Date:
19 January--20 February 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 April 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2135
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-73
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kid Mason, a lightweight boxer managed by George Regan, ignores his trainer's advice and consequently loses a fight. Mason explains that he was desperate to earn money for his wife Rose, an ex-showgirl. When Rose learns Mason lost his bout, she leaves him in disgust to try for a career in Hollywood. Regan takes the distraught Mason and turns him into a champion, earning him the nickname of Iron Man. Now that Mason is successful, Rose returns and persuades him to take her back. Rose does her best to wean Mason away from his boxing friends, including Regan, who she knows to be her bitter enemy. Mason is too naive to realize that Rose has taken Paul Lewis, a theatrical producer, as her lover. She spends Mason's money lavishly and tries to turn him into a gentleman. When Regan catches Rose and Lewis together, Rose forces Mason to fire him and replace him with Lewis. Regan agrees to tear up Mason's contract on the condition that Mason fight his new boxer, Rattler O'Keefe, for the championship. On the night of the fight, Mason receives a letter from Mrs. Lewis which names Rose as the corespondent in her divorce. Mason is so despondent over the news that he loses the fight. Regan visits Mason's dressing room afterward and suggests that it was Rose who really defeated him. Finally finished with Rose, Mason renews his relationship with ... +


Kid Mason, a lightweight boxer managed by George Regan, ignores his trainer's advice and consequently loses a fight. Mason explains that he was desperate to earn money for his wife Rose, an ex-showgirl. When Rose learns Mason lost his bout, she leaves him in disgust to try for a career in Hollywood. Regan takes the distraught Mason and turns him into a champion, earning him the nickname of Iron Man. Now that Mason is successful, Rose returns and persuades him to take her back. Rose does her best to wean Mason away from his boxing friends, including Regan, who she knows to be her bitter enemy. Mason is too naive to realize that Rose has taken Paul Lewis, a theatrical producer, as her lover. She spends Mason's money lavishly and tries to turn him into a gentleman. When Regan catches Rose and Lewis together, Rose forces Mason to fire him and replace him with Lewis. Regan agrees to tear up Mason's contract on the condition that Mason fight his new boxer, Rattler O'Keefe, for the championship. On the night of the fight, Mason receives a letter from Mrs. Lewis which names Rose as the corespondent in her divorce. Mason is so despondent over the news that he loses the fight. Regan visits Mason's dressing room afterward and suggests that it was Rose who really defeated him. Finally finished with Rose, Mason renews his relationship with Regan. +

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