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The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, History, Romance | 13 July 1939 (USA)
Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

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Mlle. de la Valliere (as Marian Martin)
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Cardinal Richelieu (as Nigel de Brulier)
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Commandant of Bastille
Boyd Irwin ...
Lord High Constable of France
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Storyline

D'Artagnan and the musketeers are the only ones who know of the existence of a twin brother, and Fouquet uses his influence to keep everyone silenced. The main story was changed by portraying Louis XIV as selfish, cruel, and incompetent, and Philippe the kind-hearted brother who is raised by D'Artagnan and the musketeers and does not even know that he has an identical twin. When the truth is discovered, Louis XIV has Philippe imprisoned with the iron mask placed on him, hoping that Philippe's beard will grow inside the mask and eventually strangle him. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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13 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske  »

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(colorized) | (TCM print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1952 'Alan Hale Jr.' played Porthos Jr. in a quasi-sequel, At Sword's Point (1952) and recreated his father's role in the remake The Fifth Musketeer (1979). See more »

Goofs

In one chase scene, a character fires a pistol three times in quick succession. 17th century firearms had to be reloaded after each shot. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Princess Maria Theresa: He was a brave man. France will always need brave men.
Philippe: And brave women to remind them of their duty. God save France!
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Crazy Credits

The credits are printed into a old book. A unseen male hand pages through it. See more »

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Version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1985) See more »

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I love love love Warren William
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am watching this movie right now on TCM. Filmed gloriously in black and white. But as I have read in another thread about this movie, Warren William shines in his role as Philippe D'Artagnan. Warren William, in my humble opinion, was the heart throb of the 1930s and 40s. So handsome and his voice like honey. Okay, I'm being dramatic here, but I have watched so many of his movies on TCM and I am so enamored of him. One of the greatest actors of his time, it is amazing to me that he is so unknown today. In my opinion, he ranks up there with the greatest actors of his time, along with Gary Cooper, Bogart and the like. This movie is a treasure. And so is Warren William!


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