Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett
Plot: The Iron Mask, rich in breathtaking swordfights, carefree merriment, and suspense, is one of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.’s masterpieces and a fine farewell to his silent era. The story of the four musketeers, gentle Athos, jolly Porthos, brave Aramis, and fearless, outgoing D’Artagnan, goes on in this tale of twin heirs and the unscrupulous Count de Rochefort who switches them to obtain his own ends. The movie begins as the Queen gives birth to a crown Prince of France. Everybody rejoices over the heir, and nobody suspects that there are actually two! Cardinal Richelieu (played by the aging Nigel de Brulier) tells no one of the birth of the second child and sends the twin away to the Spanish border, but Count de Rochefort (Ulrich Haupt) entangles himself in this plan and eventually switches the twins so that he may make himself the most powerful man in France.
This is the 1952 reissued version with the original title cards replaced by the narration of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and accompanied by a new orchestral score.