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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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Cardinal Richelieu (as Nigel de Brulier)
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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)  »

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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 a scene with King Louis XIV and Mlle. de la Valliere, they are talking as they are seated together. In that scene, Mlle. de la Valliere's necklace is long, yet in a closeup the necklace almost looks as if it was a a different one, because it sits high up on her neck. See more »

Quotes

D'Artagnan: You've suffered enough. You can be King, or you can be free. Which is it?
Philippe: Take me to where the Crown of France is to be found.
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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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Spoofed in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) See more »

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25 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

James Whale, when he wasn't doing horror films which set trends, or the occasional musical, went literary with this entertaining adaptation of the famous French novel.

Old hands are involved - Warren William, Alan Hale - as part of the quartet of ageing musketeers, and do the production credit. South-African born matinée idol Louis Hayward plays both the twins admirably and pretty Joan Bennett does her usual turn which she could do in her sleep (as the princess betrothed to the bad twin and in love with the good twin).

The film veers from some very funny moments to some sweet romantic scenes between the good twin and the foreign princess, and the different characters of the twins are well portrayed. There are also a number of excellent performances in the supporting cast. With all this (and Whale's surreal imagination) you can forgive the odd lapse away from Dumas' original vision. Good stuff indeed.


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