Lady in The Iron Mask – 1952 Patricia Medina

I hadn’t realised that Patricia Medina was out in Hollywood as early as this but maybe now, thinking about it, I do remember

The film was produced by Walter Wanger who got off to a flying start by sacking Barbara Payton a week before the film went into production and replacing her with Patricia Medina.

Lady in the Iron Mask’ is directed by Ralph Murphy, and has a running time of 78 minutes.

It was released by 20th Century Fox, is written by Jack Pollexfen and Aubrey Wisberg, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas Père

The film was shot in Supercinecolor (as Natural Color) by Ernest Laszlo and was made at Motion Picture Center Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

It is a pleasing swashbuckling story with Louis Hayward as D’Artagnan and the Musketeers rallying to the rescue of the Royal throne of France when Princess Anne (Patricia Medina – in a dual role ) is kidnapped and her long-lost sister Louise is put in her place. The plotters want a marriage with Philip of Spain, which would ensure their control of France. The musketeers rush to stop this plot and after many adventures they are successful. Princess Anne marries D’Artagnan and leaves her sister on the throne of France in her place.

ABOVE: A film still signed by the two stars.

I am searching currently for a DVD of the film but I would want the Colour Version which is in SuperCinecolor – a very good process – have a look at ‘Hurricane Island with Jon Hall to see how good it is.


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