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The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

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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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Walter Kingsford ...
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Bert Roach ...
Marion Martin ...
Mlle. de la Valliere (as Marian Martin)
Montagu Love ...
Spanish Ambassador
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Nigel De Brulier ...
Cardinal Richelieu (as Nigel de Brulier)
William Royle ...
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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Alexandre Dumas most amazing, adventurous epic


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13 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nigel De Brulier had already played Cardinal Richelieu in the 1921 film "The Three Musketeers" as well as the 1935 film of the same name. In addition, he also played Richelieu in the 1929 film "The Iron Mask." 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

Philippe: [as Louis] I became King on my fifth birthday. By my sixth I learned not to offer encouragement. Sooner or later everyone comes to me.
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Good old swashbuckler
20 November 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Gosh I loved this film when I saw it many years ago as a young kid, and when I saw it much later on TV, I have to say I still enjoyed it greatly. Louis Hayward was excellent and Joan Bennett was truly beautiful, with the Three Musketeers (all a bit long in the tooth!) led by Warren William as D'Artagnan lots of fun, while Joseph Schildkraut was his usual malevolent villain. The scenes of the twins together were well done, and James Whale directed with his good sense of entertainment - if you get the chance to see it on DVD or Video, grab it as it is a gem from the really Golden Years. I have seen the remake with Guy Pearce, and found that enjoyable too, but must stress any resembalnce to this oldie, was purely coincidental.


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