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The Iron Mask (1929)

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 »

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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 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 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:

Youth will thrill, age will gasp at the romance and valor of the dauntless daredevil who found no risk to great for love and country.(Print Ad-Owosso Argus-Press,((Owosso, Mich.)) 10 May 1929) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In this film, the Four Musketeers--Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan--all sleep together in one bed, with the French phrase "Un Pour Tous, Tous Pour Un" ("One For All, All For One") inscribed on the headboard. 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 1929 director's cut (past 103 minutes, of which a 97 minute copy exists in New York The Museum of Modern Art) was a part-talkie film, with a prologue and a second prologue after the intended Intermission card, delivered by d'Artagnan (Douglas Fairbanks) addressing the public directly, title cards for the dialogue, a few color tinted scenes, a few sound effects by Walter Pallmen, and a musical score by Hugo Riesenfeld. See more »

Connections

Version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1923) 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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A Must See Classic
10 October 2005 | by jonniekingSee all my reviews

Forget all other versions of this film...including the Leonardo DeCaprio version. This is a Fantastic look back at the Golden Age of Films ! I am actually watching it right now: the version which has the Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. narration.

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and truly a 'Cast of Thousands' run through this exciting, wonderful motion picture giving true meaning to the word 'motion' ! The cast is perfect: the heroes, the villains, the beautiful damsels, the sets, the townspeople...all interwoven into a true classic and a superb follow-up to "The Three Musketeers". Dumas himself would be proud.

Like "The Bride of Frankenstein", this sequel almost surpasses the original and for film buffs and historians this is truly a 'must see' film.

Perhaps, in this age of 'short attention spans', maybe some younger viewers won't be able to stick with this film. Silent, Black & White, some over-acting involved. BUT, if you fasten your seat belts, grab a big bowl of popcorn and a large soda or two, and, maybe a "Three Musketeers" Candy Bar for a special tie-in treat, you will laugh, you will cry, you will be impressed. AND, you will take a wonderful trip back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood...and you WILL ENJOY !!


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