Man in the Iron Mask, The (United Artists 1939, Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett)

Man in the Iron Mask

Famous Alexandre Dumas costume adventure The Man in the Iron Mask is about a twin brother of Louis XV kept hidden away in a prison and forced to wear an iron mask to hide his identity.

This second filmed version was directed by James Whale (Frankenstein) and features Louis Hayward in the dual roles of Louis and his brother, and Warren William as swordsman D’Artagnan. First made with Douglas Fairbanks in 1929 as The Iron Mask.

The future star of British horror classics, Peter Cushing, plays the king’s messenger in the movie and also appears as Louis Hayward’s double in “over the back” shots when the film’s twin brothers confront one another.

Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score.

Cast: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Alan Hale, Marion Martin, Warren William, Peter Cushing,

Director: James Whale
Producer: Edward Small
Original Story: Alexandre Dumas
Director of Photography: Robert H. Planck
Editor: Grant Whytock
Composer: Lucien Moraweck
Screenwriter: George Bruce

USA / United Artists / 119 minutes / 1939

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