Iron Man (1931 film)

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.

Iron Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTod Browning
Produced byE. M. Asher
Tod Browning
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenplay byFrancis Edward Faragoh
Based onthe novel
by W.R. Burnett
StarringLew Ayres
Robert Armstrong
Jean Harlow
CinematographyPercy Hilburn fr
Edited byMilton Carruth
Maurice Pivar(Supv. editor)
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 30, 1931 (1931-04-30)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States


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 (ed.). The Films of Tod Browning. Black Dog Publications. ISBN 978-1-904772-51-4.
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