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The Iron Mask (1929)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 21 February 1929 (USA)
King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »

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Rolfe Sedan ...
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Gordon Thorpe ...
Young Prince / Twin Brother
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Ullrich Haupt ...
Lon Poff ...
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Henry Otto ...
The King's Valet
Léon Bary ...
Athos (as Leon Barry)
Tiny Sandford ...
Porthos (as Stanley Standford)
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King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever. Richelieu enlists D'Artagnan to look after and protect the young prince. Meanwhile, de Rochefort learns of the twins and Richelieu's plans, and kidnaps the twin, raising him in secret. Many years later, with Richelieu dead and the young prince crowned King Louis XIV, Rochefort launches his plan. The king is kidnapped, replaced with his twin, put in an iron mask so as not to be recognized, and led off to a remote castle to be held prisoner. Louis XIV is able to ... Written by Theron Trowbridge <Tmonk@concentric.net>

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21 February 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die eiserne Maske  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)|

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Porthos: Come on! There is greater adventure beyond.
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One for All, All for One
(1929) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Jo Trent
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld and Louis Alter
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Finest version of the Dumas tale
23 June 2007 | by (Yukon, OK) – See all my reviews

This is without a doubt, the best version of Dumas' classic work on celluloid. Every time I see the ending, my eyes mist, especially as I realize we're seeing Fairbanks'last silent work, which makes it all the more touching. Allan Dwan was a master, and an unappreciated one. This is more than likely his finest work, and one that doesn't seem to get its proper due. It's a tale of camaraderie, love of country, and . . . well heck, it's doing the right thing. Today's cinematic 'heroes' just don't do that any more.

There are no fiery explosions, four-letter words, car crashes, etc., but the action is wonderful. The humor is magnificent, and the script id done well. If you want to show a silent film to someone who's never seen one, this is the one to show them. (Then, after they've loved it, show them a Lon Chaney or DeMille's KING OF KINGS.)


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