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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Miles Mander ...
Bert Roach ...
Marion Martin ...
Mlle. de la Valliere (as Marian Martin)
Montagu Love ...
Spanish Ambassador
Doris Kenyon ...
Nigel De Brulier ...
Cardinal Richelieu (as Nigel de Brulier)
William Royle ...
Commandant of Bastille
Boyd Irwin ...
Lord High Constable of France


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 {}

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musketeer | brother | mask | iron mask | france | See more »


Alexandre Dumas most amazing, adventurous epic


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Release Date:

13 July 1939 (USA)  »

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(colorized) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In 'Alexandre Dumas pere''s novel, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Philip is substituted for Louis XIV for only a short time before regaining the throne and re-imprisoning his brother. In this film, Philip is successfully made a permanent substitute. Subsequent adaptations of the book have more closely followed this film than the original novel, sometimes even crediting this film's screenplay as their basis as well. See more »


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 »


Porthos: [Seeing nine soldiers matched against him and his three musketeer friends] Is the King being frugal? Only nine men?
First Officer: And ninety more outside!
Porthos: [With bravado] Flatterer!
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Referenced in Mad Men: Babylon (2007) 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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