This final installment in Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers adventures is based on a true story. In 17th-century France, a man was imprisoned for 34 years, his identity concealed behind a mask.
In Dumas’ 1850 re-telling of the story, The Man in the Iron Mask, the prisoner is the twin brother of King Louis XIII, who is kept hidden to prevent civil war in the country. The Three Musketeers help the prisoner, Phillipe, escape and kidnap the king through a series of brilliantly conceived schemes, with each adventure leading to the next predicament.
Walter Covell adopts an authoritative but lively tone in his performance of this classic adventure story.