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The Iron Mask (1929)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 21 February 1929 (USA)
King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Lotta Woods (scenario editor), Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belle Bennett ... The Queen Mother
Marguerite De La Motte ... Constance
Dorothy Revier ... Milady de Winter
Vera Lewis ... Madame Peronne
Rolfe Sedan ... Louis XIII
William Bakewell ... Louis XIV / Twin Brother
Gordon Thorpe Gordon Thorpe ... Young Prince / Twin Brother
Nigel De Brulier ... Cardinal Richelieu
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... De Rochefort
Lon Poff ... Father Joseph
Charles Stevens ... Planchet - D'Artagnan's Servant
Henry Otto ... The King's Valet
Léon Bary Léon Bary ... Athos (as Leon Barry)
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Porthos (as Stanley Standford)
Gino Corrado ... Aramis
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Storyline

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever. Richelieu enlists D'Artagnan to look after and protect the young prince. Meanwhile, de Rochefort learns of the twins and Richelieu's plans, and kidnaps the twin, raising him in secret. Many years later, with Richelieu dead and the young prince crowned King Louis XIV, Rochefort launches his plan. The king is kidnapped, replaced with his twin, put in an iron mask so as not to be recognized, and led off to a remote castle to be held prisoner. Louis XIV is able to ... Written by Theron Trowbridge <Tmonk@concentric.net>

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Taglines:

He Captivates All Paris With His Blade and Wit! (Print Ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 7 June 1929) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Nigel De Brulier had already played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1921) and would again 14 years later in The Three Musketeers (1935). In addition, he also played Richelieu in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). See more »

Goofs

The iron-masked King languishes in his tower prison and notices a fisherman in the sea below. He quickly scratches a message on a pewter platter and tosses it out of the window to the rocks below. The fisherman picks up the place and READS the message - at that time in history the (oppressed) French working class were illiterate. See more »

Quotes

Porthos: Come on! There is greater adventure beyond.
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Alternate Versions

The 1999 restored version (near 104 minutes) by Kino Video, has the original speeches by d'Artagnan, the title cards, but a new musical score by Carl Davis, played by the City of Prague Philharmonica Orchestra. The restored version is distributed by Kino Video and Photoplay Productions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

One for All, All for One
(1929) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Jo Trent
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld and Louis Alter
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Interesting take on a classic story but horrible soundtrack
19 February 2019 | by bondagebonniSee all my reviews

This movie goes from the birth of the man and the iron mask and beyond.

Horrible soundtrack that doesn't match what's going on halfnthe time with whatbis going on in the scene.

And and about 3/4 into the film the sound is mixed with a full radio station in the background.

It would be a decent movie if the music went halfway with it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die eiserne Maske See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Elton Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (edited) (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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