Alexander Dumas’ classic, presented for the first time in film form, is a highly entertaining adventure melodrama. Story has a verve in its tale of dual heirship to the throne of France, used by Dumas as basis of his novel. D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers reappear as stalwart supporters of Philippe, twin brother of Louis XIV, who is tossed into the Bastille with a fiendishly designed locked iron mask.
Louis Hayward, carrying the dual role of the arrogant Louis XIV and the vigorously self-assured Philippe, gives one of the finest dual characterizations of the screen. He vividly contrasts the king’s personality, with its slight swish, with the manly and romantic attitude of twin brother Philippe.
Joan Bennett, is capably romantic. Warren William is carefree and colorful.
1939: Nomination: Best Original Score