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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.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), George Bruce (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Hayward ... Louis XIV / Philippe of Gascony
Joan Bennett ... Maria Theresa
Warren William ... D'Artagnan
Joseph Schildkraut ... Fouquet
Alan Hale ... Porthos
Walter Kingsford ... Colbert
Miles Mander ... Aramis
Bert Roach ... Athos
Marion Martin ... Mlle. de la Valliere (as Marian Martin)
Montagu Love ... Spanish Ambassador
Doris Kenyon ... Queen Anne
Albert Dekker ... Louis XIII
Nigel De Brulier ... Cardinal Richelieu (as Nigel de Brulier)
William Royle ... Commandant of Bastille
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Lord High Constable of France
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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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(colorized) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Whale previously directed Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) while Peter Cushing (Second Officer) later played Baron Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the king is eating grapes while he's in bed talking to Fouquet who stands to the side. The king uses his left hand to eat . The camera changes and suddenly he's using his right hand for the grapes. See more »

Quotes

Fouquet: [With contempt] Let me congradulate you, my friend, but then you always had the most annoying habit of bringing about the things you wish to bring about. Most amusing comedy - worthy of so great a playwright!
Colbert: As a fellow playwright you understand how narrow the line dividing comedy and tragedy.
Fouquet: Quite right, and I'm afraid His Majesty's executioner will provide the tragedy when this charming little comedy is finished.
Colbert: His Majesty's executioner could provide the tragedy before the comedy is ...
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Version of The Fifth Musketeer (1979) See more »

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Good old swashbuckler
20 November 2004 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

Gosh I loved this film when I saw it many years ago as a young kid, and when I saw it much later on TV, I have to say I still enjoyed it greatly. Louis Hayward was excellent and Joan Bennett was truly beautiful, with the Three Musketeers (all a bit long in the tooth!) led by Warren William as D'Artagnan lots of fun, while Joseph Schildkraut was his usual malevolent villain. The scenes of the twins together were well done, and James Whale directed with his good sense of entertainment - if you get the chance to see it on DVD or Video, grab it as it is a gem from the really Golden Years. I have seen the remake with Guy Pearce, and found that enjoyable too, but must stress any resembalnce to this oldie, was purely coincidental.


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