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The Purple Mask (1955)

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


H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask
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


France, 1803: eleven years after the Revolution, a royalist underground is led by a new "Scarlet Pimpernel", the "Purple Mask" (Tony Curtis), who rescues nobles in distress and kidnaps Napoleon Bonaparte's (Robert Cornthwaite's) officials for ransom, aided by the spy services of a group of lovely models headed by Laurette de Latour (Colleen Miller), Duc de Latour's (Paul Cavanagh's) daughter. But even she doesn't know the Purple Mask's real identity as foppish dancing master Rene de Traviere. 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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Dame Angela Lansbury and Gene Barry appeared on Murder, She Wrote (1984). See more »


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Fun Napoleonic historical adventure romp.
15 November 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This is a sort of "Zorro" meets the "Scarlet Pimpernel" - a colourful, swashbuckling offering from Bruce Humberstone that allows our hero Tony Curtis to pretty much run riot! He is the flamboyant, debonaire Royalist determined to rescue his friends, ransom the agents of First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte and engage in a bit of flirting with the daughter of the plotting, ambitious "Duc de Latour" (Colleen Miller). It's all a bit theatrical, but has a great cast including Gene Barry, Dan O'Herlihy and Angela Lansbury to help keep it rollicking along in a fun, enjoyable fashion. The script, such as it is, isn't up to very much but that's made up for by the overall joie-de-vivre of the whole escapade and I quite enjoyed it.

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28 October 1955 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Die purpurrote Maske See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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