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The Iron Mask

Typical romantic Fairbanks picture. His direct vocal address is in the form of minute-and-a-half appendages as prologs to the first and second halves, into which the picture was [originally] divided for the premiere. There is no dialog at any time in the direct action.

With:
Douglas Fairbanks Nigel de Brulier Marguerite De La Motte Leon Barry Rolfe Sedan Lon Poff

Typical romantic Fairbanks picture. His direct vocal address is in the form of minute-and-a-half appendages as prologs to the first and second halves, into which the picture was [originally] divided for the premiere. There is no dialog at any time in the direct action.

This is the sequel to Fairbanks’ Three Musketeers (1921). It’s so much of a sequel that, besides Fairbanks, Nigel de Brulier and Lon Poff are again together as Cardinal Richelieu and his aid, Father Joseph; Marguerite de la Motte revives her Constance, and Leon Barry has been recast as Athos.

Current story provides the twist of D’Artagnan going over to the Cardinal’s side. It is to protect the young heir apparent who has a twin brother whom Richelieu whisks into hiding at birth to protect the throne.

Allan Dwan, directing, keeps the story moving. Comedy sidelights slip in and out, but Fairbanks and the romantic friendship of the four men hold the picture together.

The brief verbal passages ask the audience to come back to the days of chivalry.

The Iron Mask

Production: United Artists. Director Allan Dwan; Screenplay Elton Thomas [= Douglas Fairbanks]; Camera Henry Sharp; Music Hugo Riesenfeld

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Douglas Fairbanks Nigel de Brulier Marguerite De La Motte Leon Barry Rolfe Sedan Lon Poff

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