The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)





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In this version of the Dumas classic, the title character is the rightful King of France, imprisoned by his pretender-to-the-throne twin brother. Warren William plays musketeer D'Artagnan, who rallies his now aged swashbuckling companions Porthos, Athos, and Aramis to rescue the real King, whom they have raised from infancy.


Louis Hayward
as Louis XIV, Philippe
Joan Bennett
as Maria Theresa
Alan Hale
as Porthos
Warren William
as D'Artagnan
Marion Martin
as Mlle. de la Valliere
Montagu Love
as Spanish Ambassador
Doris Kenyon
as Queen Anne
Albert Dekker
as Louis XIII
William Royle
as Commandant of Bastille
Fred Cavens
as Francois
Boyd Irwin
as Royal High Constable
Howard Brooks
as Cardinal
Ian Maclaren
as Valet de Chambre
Harry Woods
as King's Officer
Lane Chandler
as Palace Guard
Peter Cushing
as Second Officer
Reginald Barlow
as Jean Paul
Sheila Darcy
as Maria Theresa's Maid
Bob Milasch
as Torturer
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Tortured Prisoner
Emmett C. King
as King's Chamberlain
Dwight Frye
as Fouquet's Valet (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier
as Cardinal Richelieu
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask

All Critics (2)

[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.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
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Favors the duller romance parts to the action parts.

Full Review… | November 18, 2006
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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-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.

Chuck Nolan
Chuck Nolan

Very nice version of the tale.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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