MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 70,538 this week

The Face Behind the Mask (1938)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 51 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Dramatized documentary short film describing the historical mystery of France's "man in the iron mask." King Louis XIV imprisoned a man who was never identified, but who was forced to wear ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2221 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Face Behind the Mask (1938)

The Face Behind the Mask (1938) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Face Behind the Mask.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
John Nesbitt ...
Narrator
Edit

Storyline

Dramatized documentary short film describing the historical mystery of France's "man in the iron mask." King Louis XIV imprisoned a man who was never identified, but who was forced to wear an iron mask for the length of his captivity, which ended only in his death. Several candidates for the identity of the man are investigated. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | History | Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Historical Mystery #5: The Face Behind the Mask  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.5 (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice Short
25 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Face Behind the Mask, The (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Part of the MGM series that would take historic events, tales of mystery and other strange stories and try to bring them together for a "what it" moment. This time out director Tourneur (a vet of this series...check out THE MAN IN THE BARN) tells the story of France's biggest and greatest mystery, which just happens to be the "main in the iron mask." We're given the events surrounding the mysterious man's capture and imprisonment and then we're shown three people who might have been the mystery man. I'm not sure how much is really "known" about the events here as narrator John Nesbitt makes it perfectly clear that thousands of people have tried, without success, of figuring out who the man really was. The short does a good job at giving us the details of the original event and then three clips of who the man was and why he could have been a target of the King. All in all the director does a good job at telling the stories and making an interesting film. I'm sure history buffs might throw a fit with some of the items but to me a film like this should have one big goal and that's to be entertaining. This film is.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Face Behind the Mask (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?