The Iron Maiden. Image shows from L to R: Jack Hopkins (Michael Craig), Paul Fisher (Alan Hale). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions
The Iron Maiden

The Iron Maiden

  • 1962 film

An aircraft designer's love of traction engines gets in the way of his job when an American airline owner visits England on a buying mission. Stars Michael Craig, Anne Helm, Jeff Donnell, Alan Hale, Noel Purcell and more.

  • Repeated 17th June at 6pm on TPTV
The Iron Maiden. Image shows from L to R: Jack Hopkins (Michael Craig), Paul Fisher (Alan Hale). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1962
Stars
Michael Craig, Anne Helm, Jeff Donnell, Alan Hale, Noel Purcell, Cecil Parker, Roland Culver, Joan Sims and more
Writers
Vivian Cox, Leslie Bricusse, Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman
Director
Gerald Thomas
Producers
Peter Rogers and Frank Bevis
Companies

Paul Fisher, the head of Transglobal Airlines, is in England on a buying mission, looking to expand his fleet with a multi-million pound purchasing deal for new aircraft. However, two companies vie for his custom - Sir Giles Thompson with his un-named new jet engine, and Lord Upshott with his company's Polygon.

As Paul and his wife - driven by daughter Kathy - snake toward London across England's narrow country roads, they come into collision with an ancient but lovingly restored traction engine, The Iron Maiden. Little do any of the trio, nor driver and owner Jack Hopkins, realise who the other is: for Hopkins is one of the top aircraft designers in the world, and the man behind Sir Giles's sleek new machine!

After a number of narrow misses, the identity of each party is soon revealed with predictably angry results on both sides. Stubborn Kathy's attempt at an apology without losing too much face only causes more trouble. Sir Giles is livid that he looks set to have lost out in the buying war already, but Jack's got far more important concerns, namely the National Traction Engine Rally at Woburn Park.

His job may be down the drain, but Jack'll be damned if he's going to let arch-rival the Admiral in his battleship-grey Dreadnought take home the top prize - but can he even get to Woburn in time, particularly with co-driver Fred out of action?

Additional details

UK certificate
U
Duration
97 minutes
UK release
November 1962
Produced
1962
Distributors

Anglo Amalgamated

Also known as
  • La Vergine di Ferro (Italian title)
  • The Reluctant Maiden (Australian title)
  • The Swingin' Maiden (US title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

Next repeats
  1. 17th June at 6pm on TPTV
Most recent repeats
  • Friday 8th April 2022 at 3:25pm on TPTV
  • Thursday 13th January 2022 at 12:10pm on TPTV
  • Saturday 8th January 2022 at 2:00pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios - Filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location nearby.
  • Woburn Park

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