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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.

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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
Lon Poff
as Father Joseph
Henry Otto
as The King's Valet
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.

October 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Fairbanks was getting old, but still offers his trademark dash and flamboyance; one of the last great silent films.

May 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Iron Mask

One might imagine that those in the movie industries would welcome the changes that the new technologies, sound recording, would bring. Instead history teaches that most, well many, resisted it. In this film, Douglas Fairbanks' last silent, beyond the story is a touch of melancholy. "All for one, and one for all!", the particular anthem for this oft-told tale goes, but one senses that it doesn't simply refer to the Musketeers alone here. Fairbanks et al seem to be bidding 'goodbye' to a cherished friend as well, the silent movie. Our generations can only imagine the impact, the emotions embraced, for those living through those times with what we refer to now as antiquated technology, but for them ... And so this is kind of their wishing 'goodbye', in their own way. Silently.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Loooooved it.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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