The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

DVD - 2012
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The twin heirs to France's throne were separated at birth. The first-born Louis is raised as a prince, but Philippe is brought up ignorant of his true identity. When Philippe is arrested with his companions, d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers, he meets his brother, now the king, face-to-face. The tyrannical Louis decides Philippe could be useful to him as a look-alike, but complications arise when Philippe meets the king's beautiful fiance. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Publisher: [United States] : Hen's Tooth Video, 2012.
Edition: DVD edition Full screen.
Branch Call Number: 791.43652 MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Jul 07, 2018

The Man In the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas, is certainly a top production when you consider the settings. If only it had been shot in color it would rival any other pageantry put out by Hollywood. 30-year-old Louis Hayward was excellent at portraying the twin heirs to France's throne. Hayward easily makes us want to wring his neck for being so conspicuouly superior to all other people. Hayward as Phillipe is every likable. I can't say the same for those portraying The Three Musketeers: They were fat looking, aged, and far from dashing. d'Artagnan wasn't dashing at all. Princess Maria Theresa is from Spain but I expected some kind of accent that was missing. But Joseph Schildkraut as the power hungry and treacherous Fourquet was excellent. And, there were some pretty good special effects.

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