Release dateApril 30, 1931 (1931-04-30) Based onthe novel by W.R. Burnett WriterW.R. Burnett (story), Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay) ProducersTod Browning, Carl Laemmle, Jr. CastLew Ayres (Kid Mason), Robert Armstrong (George Regan), Jean Harlow (Rose Mason) Similar moviesSouthpaw, Pulp Fiction, The Boy Next Door, Rocky, Real Steel, Creed
Iron Man is a 1931 American Pre-Code sports drama film directed by Tod Browning and starring Lew Ayres and Jean Harlow. 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.