The Iron Mask (1929)

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The Iron Mask was Douglas Fairbanks' sequel to his popular 1921 vehicle The Three Musketeers. Fairbanks returns to his original role of D'Artagnan, while Marguerite de La Motte and Nigel De Brulier briefly reprise their Musketeers roles as, respectively, Constance and Cardinal Richelieu. After tying up loose plot ends from the first film, the middle-aged D'Artagnan and his equally venerable fellow musketeers Athos (Leon Bary, also returning from the 1921 film), Porthos (Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford) and Aramis (Gino Corrado) set about to rescue Louis XIV (William Bakewell), the rightful King of France. Louis XIV has been entombed in a dungeon by his twin brother (also Bakewell) and his head has been locked in an impenetrable iron mask. All of this is at the behest of the scheming De Rochefort (Ulrich Haupt), the real power behind the throne. The Iron Mask was Fairbanks' last silent film; perhaps in acknowledgment of the passing of a Golden era, Fairbanks "died" on screen for the first and only time in his career. Most currently available prints of Iron Mask are taken from the 1940 reissue, narrated by Douglas Fairbanks Jr; in 1974 the younger Fairbanks prepared a restored version of the original, including two brief dialogue passages filmed by Fairbanks back in 1929.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
United Artists

Cast

Douglas Fairbanks
as D'Artagnan
William Bakewell
as Louis XIV/Twin Brother
Dorothy Revier
as Milady De Winter
Belle Bennett
as The Queen Mother
Vera Lewis
as Mme. Peronee
Rolfe Sedan
as Louis XIII
Gordon Thorpe
as The Young Prince/The Young Prince's Twin
Nigel De Brulier
as Cardinal Richelieu
Ullrich Haupt Sr.
as Rochefort
Lon Poff
as Father Joseph
Charles Stevens
as Planchet
Henry Otto
as The King's Valet
Léon Bary
as Athos
Gino Corrado
as Aramis
Lon Poer
as Father Joseph
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Mask

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Dwan's deft, understated way with action sequences meshes perfectly with Fairbanks's lighthearted, light-footed acrobatics.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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June 16, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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August 29, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Iron Mask

The Three Musketeer's last adventure together, and what an adventure! Don't miss it. This movie is fun, exciting, swash-buckling, and even humorous at times. I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Excellent silent adventure film, with the always energetic Douglas Fairbanks. Fast paced, fun, well filmed.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Loooooved it.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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