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The Purple Mask (1955)

Approved | | Adventure | 28 October 1955 (Belgium)
In 1803 France, Napoleon orders the capture of notorious highwayman 'Purple Mask' who routinely rescues imprisoned nobles and harasses the Revolutionary officials.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Paul Armont (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask
Colleen Miller Colleen Miller ... Laurette de Latour
Gene Barry ... Capt. Charles Laverne
Dan O'Herlihy ... Brisquet
Angela Lansbury ... Madame Valentine
George Dolenz ... Marcel Cadonal
John Hoyt ... Rochet
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Andre Majolin
Robert Cornthwaite ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Baron De Morleve
Paul Cavanagh ... Duc de Latour
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Constance de Voulois
Allison Hayes ... Irene de Bournotte
Jane Howard Jane Howard ... Yvonne de Tressy (as Betty Jane Howarth)
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Edouard
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France, 1803: 11 years after the Revolution, a royalist underground is led by a new 'Scarlet Pimpernel', the Purple Mask, who rescues nobles in distress and kidnaps Napoleon's officials for ransom, aided by the spy services of a group of lovely models headed by Laurette (really the Duc de Latour's daughter). But even she doesn't know the Purple Mask's real identity as foppish dancing master Rene... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The life and loves of adventure's greatest rogue!

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1955 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Die purpurrote Maske See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The cart enters a French forest to the sound of a jungle bird. See more »

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Referenced in The Patty Duke Show: The History Paper Caper (1965) See more »

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Tony Curtis looked good in period costumes.
25 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Try as he might Tony Curtis in his long career never really lost that Bronx speech pattern. It was the reason he got the horselaugh when he did these swashbucklers. He was so much better in modern dress and when The Purple Mask came out it was 2 years from his breakthrough part in Sweet Smell Of Success.

In this film Curtis plays a Zorro like character who dons a purple mask and goes around freeing members of the old nobility. The Reign Of Terror maybe over, but the first Consul Napoleon Bonaparte still has a use for the guillotine to chop off a noble head or three.

Which is where the Purple Mask comes in. By day Curtis is a dancing master as his Clark Kent/Don Diego self. But come the night he's Counterrevolution superhero The Purple Mask and one nasty customer with a sword.

Curtis liked it enough all right. I think The Purple Mask was nothing to write home about.

In his memoirs Curtis rather unfairly attacked Angela Lansbury who was at a low point in her career and was desperate for roles and appeared in this in a rather nothing part as a maid. She clearly said she did The Purple Mask for a paycheck. Curtis took the statement rather personally and was most unfair to Lansbury in his memoir.

Other familiar faces in The Purple Mask are Colleen Miller, Gene Barry, Dan O'Herlihy and John Hoyt. I'm sure The Purple Mask was no high point in their careers.


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