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According to an article in Variety, Sigrid Gurie and Frances Dee were tested for the female leads in this picture, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was considered for the title role. News items in Hollywood Reporter add that this picture, budgeted at $1,000,000, was Edward Small's biggest picture on his UA program. Art director John DuCasse Schulze designed 46 set plans for the picture. Lud Gluskin and Lucien Moraweck were nominated for Academy Awards for their original score. Among the many versions of the Alexandre Dumas novels are The Iron Mask, a 1929 United Artist's production directed by Allan Dwan and starring Douglas Fairbanks (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2737); a 1977 television drama The Man in the Iron Mask directed by Mike Newell and starring Richard Chamberlain; a 1998 Invisible Studio production directed by William Richert and starring Edward Albert; and a 1998 MGM/UA release, also entitled The Man in the Iron Mask, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Randall Wallace.