THE IRON MASK (1929) - U.S. 8x10 Photograph #01
Vintage original 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) U.S. single-weight gelatin silver glossy still photograph, fine condition. The silent film drama The Iron Mask was produced by United Artists in 1929 and stars Douglas Fairbanks in his superb sequel to his 1921 production, The Three Musketeers. The image features a long shot of Anne of Austria (Belle Bennett) giving instructions to the scheming Milady de Winter (Dorothy Revier) as Anne's son, the young Prince (Gordon Thorpe), listens from the sidelines. The beautiful period French sets can be fully appreciated in this particular photograph. It is in fine condition with a 0.75 in. diagonal crease and a small black piece of paper affixed to the top left corner, a small chip on the top right corner and minor signs of wear on the bottom corner edges. Credits from the film appear in the bottom outer whiter border. The Iron Mask was Fairbank's swan song to the Silent Era and is the only film in which his character dies, which symbolically represents the death of the art and process of silent filmmaking that he loved so well. The film was later reissued theatrically with a synchronized music track and the intertitles were replaced by a spoken narration by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The Iron Mask; United Artists; 1929; dir: Allan Dwan; cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis, Rolfe Sedan, William Bakewell, Gordon Thorpe, Nigel De Brulier, Ullrich Haupt, Lon Poff, Charles Stevens, Henry Otto, Léon Bary, Tiny Sandford.