The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
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as Louis XIV, Philippe
as Maria Theresa
as Mlle. de la Valliere
as Spanish Ambassador
as Queen Anne
as Louis XIII
as Commandant of Bastille
as Royal High Constable
as Valet de Chambre
as King's Officer
as Palace Guard
as Second Officer
as Jean Paul
as Maria Theresa's Maid
as Tortured Prisoner
as King's Chamberlain
as Fouquet's Valet (uncredited)
as Cardinal Richelieu
Critic Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask
[Director James] Whale turns the dialogue into a duel in its own right, with the advisors currying favor with the corrupt King Louis XIV and the Musketeers jabbing away with witty comments.
Audience Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask
The future of France depends on this moment. King Louis XIV has twin sons and is concerned that they will divide his country so he exiles one. The king dies and the non-exiled son becomes king. He quickly ensures his brother will never be heard from again by having an iron mask put on him and the brother hidden. The exiled brother will need to find a way to make his back to France before he is beheaded. "End the resemblance." James Whale, director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, The Kiss Before the Mirror, One More River, and Show Boat, delivers The Man in the Iron Mask. The storyline for this picture is fascinating with several clever twists. The settings and acting is solid and the cast includes Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Alan Hale, Warren William, and Marion Martin. "You're a beautiful liar." I randomly came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR this classic. I thoroughly enjoyed this picture and thought it was entertaining and worthwhile. This is one of the greats but may not be worth adding to your collection. I recommend seeing this once. "I am a very unusual person." Grade: B-
Fun, fast paced thriller with a witty script, and lush sets/scenery, that I haven't seen since I was a small child. Directed by the great James Whale [Frankenstein] and featuring the stunning Joan Bennett of Dark Shadows fame. Highest praise.
Very nice version of the tale.
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