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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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Cast

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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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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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Passed | See all certifications »

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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

Nigel De Brulier previously played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1921), The Iron Mask (1929) and The Three Musketeers (1935). 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

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in My Favorite Martian: Crash Diet (1965) See more »

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Great old swashbuckler
25 August 2005 | by (alabama) – See all my reviews

All positive comments are agreed to. This is truly one of the finest ones. The only minor dig that I could come up with is that they could have had more dueling sequences. Louis Hayward was capable of more robust fencing than what was portrayed here and I don't think they utilized his skills to any great degree. Outside of that this is a truly enjoyable film, black and white or not and while I don't advocate doing every B/W film over by colorizing it, I think I would like to see what this one Australia, What Guy Pearce Remake??????? Guy Pearce did Count of Monte Cristo, not M.I.T.I.M. as far as I have been able to determine.


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