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The Purple Mask (1955)

Approved | | Adventure | 28 October 1955 (Belgium)
In 1803 France, Napoleon Bonaparte (Robert Cornthwaite) orders the capture of notorious highwayman "Purple Mask" (Tony Curtis), who routinely rescues imprisoned nobles and harasses the Revolutionary officials.

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H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Paul Armont (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Rene de Traviere aka The Purple Mask
Colleen Miller ... Laurette de Latour
Gene Barry ... Capt. Charles Laverne
Dan O'Herlihy ... Brisquet
Angela Lansbury ... Madame Valentine
George Dolenz ... Marcel Cadonal
John Hoyt ... Rochet
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Andre Majolin
Robert Cornthwaite ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Baron De Morleve
Paul Cavanagh ... Duc de Latour
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Constance de Voulois
Allison Hayes ... Irene de Bournotte
Jane Howard Jane Howard ... Yvonne de Tressy (as Betty Jane Howarth)
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Edouard
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France, 1803: eleven years after the Revolution, a royalist underground is led by a new "Scarlet Pimpernel", the "Purple Mask" (Tony Curtis), who rescues nobles in distress and kidnaps Napoleon Bonaparte's (Robert Cornthwaite's) officials for ransom, aided by the spy services of a group of lovely models headed by Laurette de Latour (Colleen Miller), Duc de Latour's (Paul Cavanagh's) daughter. But even she doesn't know the Purple Mask's real identity as foppish dancing master Rene de Traviere. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The life and loves of adventure's greatest rogue!

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1955 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Die purpurrote Maske See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Dame Angela Lansbury and Gene Barry appeared on Murder, She Wrote (1984). See more »

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The cart enters a French forest to the sound of an Australian kookaburra. See more »

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Referenced in The Patty Duke Show: The History Paper Caper (1965) See more »

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Roguish adventure
24 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have a real fondness for swashbuckling/adventure/historical films, some of which being part of my childhood and still hold up well today, so that was one of my reasons for seeing 'The Purple Mask'. The other being that it was part of my initially accidental quest (having seen many of his films popping up in my recommended for you section) to see more Tony Curtis films, he was not the greatest of actors at this point but he was always a very likeable actor and improved all the time.

'The Purple Mask' is not one of his best films or best performances, everybody else involved have similarly done better. That being said, 'The Purple Mask' is still lots of fun, and achieves in its goal at being an entertaining and amiable film that doesn't take itself too seriously or try to be anymore than it needs to be. Not one of my favourite films by all means but it is a very hard film to dislike.

It may be nonsense in some of the story and it may be a touch talky at times.

Angela Lansbury also has next to nothing to do in a thankless role and it did come over that she had not wanted to do the film (apparently that was actually the case too), a waste of a great actress.

However, Curtis goes for it and is athletic and has boundless energy, he carries 'The Purple Mask' very well regardless of him not being completely fitting in the setting. Coleen Miller is very charming, Gene Barry is his reliable self and the villains are appropriately antagonistic. John Hoyt is a standout and Robert Cornthwaite was a surprising choice for Napoleon but coming off reasonably well. The chemistry is great.

Visually, 'The Purple Mask' looks great, sumptuously designed and costumed with lots of vibrant colour and the photography is suitably lavish. The score is suitably lively and the direction assured. The short length and fast pace thankfully works in 'The Purple Mask's favour. The story has a lot of energy and charm, even with the silliness, and the script doesn't get too camp.

On the whole, lots of fun. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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