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The Prisoner of the Iron Mask (1961)

La vendetta della maschera di ferro (original title)
A villain is poisoning a duke ;he imprisons his son ,wearing an iron mask,in a dungeon .


Francesco De Feo




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Lemoine ... André
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Christina
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Astolfo
Jany Clair Jany Clair ... Isabella
Vanni Materassi ... Marco de Loria
Tiziana Casetti Tiziana Casetti ... Stefania
Mimmo Poli Mimmo Poli ... Fat inkeeper
Francesco De Leone Francesco De Leone ... Teophile Doctus
Nando Tamberlani ... Duke of Pinerolo
Erminio Spalla Erminio Spalla ... Ottavio
Silvio Bagolini Silvio Bagolini ... Herald
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Soldier scarring Margherita
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Leader of the German soldiers
Piero Pastore Piero Pastore
Joe Kamel Joe Kamel ... (as Joe Camel)


The action takes place in 1703 and Colbert wants to buy the duchy of Pignerol ,unbeknowst to the old Duke .A sadistic villain ,a count,is slowly poisoning the lord ;besides he covets her daughter .The iron mask is here the duke's son , but the hangman's daughter takes pity on the unfortunate prisoner.The nasty traitor oppresses the poor ,but André and his men ,complete with priest ,do their Robin Hood act. Written by dbdumonteil

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Scary for a U certificate
29 April 2017 | by coolanticSee all my reviews

Saw this in 1963 at our local fleapit. Which specialised in featuring Italian "cheapo" epics, usually starring Steve Reeves or Gordon Scott. This simply featured a load of foreigners and was, as usual, dubbed into English but was filmed in striking colour. At the age of 11 I was unfamiliar with the Dumas "Iron Mask" story, so this was new to me and I thought it a great adventure yarn, even though it covered the familiar kids' TV territory of a baddie trying to cheat the rightful heir out of his inheritance, with local bandits coming to the rescue. However, I was unnerved by the actual iron mask into which our hero's head was jammed. It looked grotesque and its designer casually commented on the fact that the prisoner's beard would eventually suffocate him. I had nightmares for weeks! Later, the prisoner is forced to stand in the hot sun which causes the mask to heat up, tormenting him further. And all the time the tight fit of the mask prevents him from uttering anything but unintelligible yelps. Also, in one scene, an innkeeper's pretty daughter has her face slashed by a rapier-wielding henchman of the wicked Duke. Pretty strong stuff for a universal certificate at the time! My misgivings about the mask caused me to feel a teensy bit sorry for the villain when, inevitably at the end of the film, his aristocratic head is forced into the hideous device. Love to see it again though.

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