The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) was a Adventure - Historical Film directed by James Whale and produced by Edward Small.
Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Music - Scoring||Lud Gluskin, Lucien Moraweck||Nominated|
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)By Beatrice on Feb 26, 2014 From Flickers in Time
The Man in the Iron Mask Directed by James Whale Written by George Bruce based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas p?re 1939/USA Universal Pictures First Viewing/Streaming on Amazon Instant Video As swashbuckling costume drama goes, this one is OK. Louis XIII’s wife gives birth to identical twin s... Read full article
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Colbert: As a fellow playwright you understand how narrow the line dividing comedy and tragedy.
Fouquet: Quite right, and I'm afraid His Majesty's executioner will provide the tragedy when this charming little comedy is finished.
Colbert: His Majesty's executioner could provide the tragedy before the comedy is finished.
Porthos: [Seeing nine soldiers matched against him and his three musketeer friends] Is the King being frugal? Only nine men?
First Officer: And ninety more outside!
Porthos: [With bravado] Flatterer!
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Peter Cushing did double duty on this film. In additional to his own role, he would feed Louis Hayward the lines for the split screen shots. Director 'James Whale' initially cast him only to play opposite Hayward in the sequences where both twins appear together, but was impressed enough with the newcomer that he offered Cushing a small part on horseback. This was Peter Cushing's film debut, and he had the unique opportunity to view his own rushes and improve his own performance, especially since none of it would be used in the finished feature.
Nearly all of the characters in this film actually existed, but none of the characters who die in it actually died that way in real life.
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