The Prisoner of the Iron Mask (1962)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Swashbuckler  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Credited in some source books to Lee Kresel, the French-made Prisoner of the Iron Mask was actually directed by Francesco DeFeo. This colorful if occasionally empty-headed swashbuckler concerns an evil count, who imprisons the patriot (Michael Lemoine) who bears proof of the count's perfidy. Few of the elements of the Alexandre Dumas novel The Iron Mask surface in this film, chiefly because it is based not on The Iron Mask but on another Dumas work, Ten Years After. Nor do D'Artagnan or the Three Musketeers make their anticipated appearances in this film. Rarely seen today, The Prisoner of the Iron Mask enjoyed its widest American exposure during the Color TV "boom" of the mid-1960s.



aristocracy, espionage, evil, imprisonment, iron [metal], Italy, mask [disguise], nobility, perpetrators, prison, role-switching, royalty, sister, son, treachery