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The Iron Mask (1929)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 21 February 1929 (USA)
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

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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 ... 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 ... 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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Hear Doug Speak in the prologue! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh Penna.)) 5 April 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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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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

Follows The Three Musketeers (1921) 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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An Entertaining Version of the Familiar Tale
19 June 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is an entertaining version of the legend, familiar from the Dumas novels and numerous movies, of the Musketeers and "The Iron Mask". D'Artagnan is a very good role for Douglas Fairbanks, and as always he makes his character human, likable, and energetic. The story-telling is straightforward, but it has plenty of action and moves at a good pace. The version that has the added narration by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. also works well. The narrative is well-written and lively, and nicely complements the action on-screen.

The old-fashioned style of filming works pretty well for this kind of story, Fairbanks is in his element, and he gets good support from the rest of the cast as well. This is a fun feature for anyone who likes silent films.


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