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The Iron Mask (1929)

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, more...
Director: Allan Dwan, Allan Dwan
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Action, Classic Action/Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Silent, Silent Action, Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Silent Adventure, Swashbucklers, Silent Action/Adventure
Running Time: 103 min.
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Synopsis
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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

It was really rather charming. Who knew? by monstress July 6, 2005 - 9:06 AM PDT
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So I had no idea what to expect when i popped this in (damn that drunken bout of queueing up flicks!), but lo and behold, this was really a blast of a swashbuckler. Fairbanks was really good at the slient film acting but with the added narration in this, he proves he is totally on top of the talkie game as well. There are some hokey plot points-the last sequence is a real doozy--but I gotta say, I had a great time watchiing it. Watch it as the first movie of a good action flick double feature, maybe. Before Chinese Ghost Story Part One. Discuss!




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Kino International DVDs
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Inspired by the recent 25th anniversary Kino series at the Roxie and getting the Kino catalog, here is a list of Kino films on DVD. The Castro will be showing Kino's Treasures from the American Film Theater 2/28-3/5
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