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The Iron Mask

The Iron Mask(1929)

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Brief Synopsis

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 alert D'Artagnan, who realizes that only his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis can help him, so he reunites the Musketeers to derail Rochefort's nefarious plot but at a heavy toll.

Cast & Crew

Allan Dwan Director
Belle Bennett The Queen Mother
Dorothy Revier Milady de Winter
Vera Lewis Madame Peronne
Rolfe Sedan Louis XIII
William Bakewell Louis XIV/Louis XIV's twin
Gordon Thorpe The Young Prince/The Young Prince's twin
Nigel De Brulier Cardinal Richelieu
Ullrich Haupt Rochefort
Lon Poff Father Joseph
Charles Stevens Planchet, D'Artagnan's servant
Henry Otto The King's valet

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York premiere: 21 Feb 1929
Release Date:  1929 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  United Artists
Sound:  Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects), Silent Production Co:  Elton Corp.
Duration(mins):  not available Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  8,855    
Duration(reels):  11    

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