The Purple Mask

The Purple Mask is a 1955 American swashbuckler film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone starring Tony Curtis and set in 1803 France.[1]

The Purple Mask
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byHoward Christie
Written byPaul Armont (play Le Chevalier au masque)
Jean Manoussi (play Le Chevalier au masque)
StarringTony Curtis
Angela Lansbury
Gene Barry
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 15, 1955 (1955-06-15) (New York City)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


France, 1803, is under Napoleon Bonaparte's rule, but royalist adversaries rally behind the mysterious Purple Mask, whose daring feats give them hope. A police captain, Rochet, goes after the Purple Mask only to be taken captive by him, whereupon Napoleon assigns the expert swordsman Brisquet to go after him.

The lovely Laurette de Latour, niece of a marquis and romantic interest of Captain Laverne, is on the side of the royalists. She helps hatch a scheme in which the foppish Rene de Traviere, who seems able with a sword, impersonates the Purple Mask to infiltrate Napoleon's ranks and free her kidnapped uncle.

Laurette is unaware that Rene is, in fact, the Purple Mask, who continues his charade, drawing ridicule on himself, until ultimately he is imprisoned along with the marquis. Laurette discovers his true identity while imprisoned and she faints.

On their way to the guillotine, Rene, Laurette and the marquis are rescued in a pre-arranged raid through the sewers of Paris by the royalist rebels. Napoleon, glad to be rid of the troublemakers, permits Rene and Laurette to leave the country for England.


See also


  1. Database (undated). "The Purple Mask (1955)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 26, 2013.

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