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The Iron Mask
Also known as Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske in Germany
(1929) United States of America
Color/B&W : 87 minutes
Directed by Allan Dwan

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks [D’Artagnan], Marguerite de la Motte [Constance Bonacieux], Leon Bary [Athos], Stanley Sanford (Tiny Sanford) [Porthos], Gino Corrado [Aramis], Dorothy Revier [Milady de Winter], Nigel de Brulier [Cardinal Richelieu], Ulrich Haupt [De Rochefort], Vera Lewis [Madame Peronne], Belle Bennett [Queen Mother], Rolfe Sedan [Louis XIII], William Bakewell [Louis XIV, and his twin brother], Gordon Thorpe [young Louis XIV, and his twin brother], Lon Poff [Father Joseph], Charles Stevens [Planchet, D’Artagnan’s servant], Henry Otto [King’s valet]; Leo White [a baker]

The Elton Corporation production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Douglas Fairbanks. Scenario by Elton Thomas (Douglas Fairbanks and Lotta Woods), from the novels Les trois mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers) by Alexandre Dumas (père) and The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas (père) and the memoirs of D’Artagnan, Cardinal Richelieu and the Count De Rochefort. Scenario editor, Lotta Woods. Research director, Doctor Arthur Woods. Historical consultant, Maurice Leloir. Consultants, Jack Cunningham and Earle Browne. General manager, Robert Fairbanks. Set design by Ben Carré and William Cameron Menzies. Artists, Laurence Irving, Carl Oscar Borg, Ben Carré, Harold Miles, David S. Hall, Edward M. Langley, Wilfred Buckland and Jack Holden. Costume design by Maurice Leloir; executed by Gilbert Clark, May Hallett, and Western Costume Company. Wardrobe and property master, Paul Burns. Assistant director, Bruce Humberstone. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Film editor, William Nolan. / © 1929 by The Elton Corporation. General release, 9 March 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc synchronized sound system. / All of the Vitaphone soundtrack discs survive. / Silent film, with talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; [?] (of silent black & white version only?) in the Museum of Modern Art film archive [35mm nitrate positive]; in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library [16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Cohen Media Group [USA].

Keywords: Authors: Alexandre Dumas - Color cinematography - France - Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bogdanovich-Dwan pp. 9, 57, 82-85; Everson-American p. 246r; Kerr-Silent p. 30; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 90; Limbacher-Feature p. 122; Shipman-Cinema p. 102; Skretvedt-Magic p. 440; Sweeney-Coming pp. 134, 137; Vermilye-Twenties p. 255 : ClasIm-223 p. 58; Vitaphone-1-4.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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