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The Iron Duke (1934)

Chronicling the life of Arthur Wellesley the first duke of Wellington, who faced down Napoleon's armies at Waterloo, and served as prime minister.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

H.M. Harwood (story), Bess Meredyth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Arliss ... Duke of Wellington
Ellaline Terriss ... Kitty, Duchess of Wellington
Gladys Cooper ... Duchess d'Angouleme
A.E. Matthews ... Lord Hill
Allan Aynesworth Allan Aynesworth ... Louis XVIII
Lesley Wareing Lesley Wareing ... Lady Frances Webster
Emlyn Williams ... Bates
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Marshal Ney
Norma Varden ... Duchess of Richmond
Felix Aylmer ... Lord Uxbridge
Gerald Lawrence Gerald Lawrence ... Castlereagh
Gibb McLaughlin ... Talleyrand
Farren Soutar Farren Soutar ... Metternich
Walter Sondes Walter Sondes ... Wedderburn Webster
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... King of Prussia
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Chronicling the life of Arthur Wellesley the first duke of Wellington, who faced down Napoleon's armies at Waterloo, and served as prime minister.

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A PICTURE THAT WILL STIR THE BLOOD OF EVERY BRITISHER- OF EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD WHO CLAIMS TO BE A BRITISHER. COMMENDED BY PRESS AND PUBLIC EVERYWHERE- DECLARED BY ARCHDEACON BIRCH AS " A MARVELLOUS PICTURE." (Print Ad-Morning Bulletin, ((Rockhampton, Queensland)) 5 October 1935) See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1935 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

O Duque de Ferro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Early British historical film
26 April 2002 | by Chuck-185See all my reviews

This movie is quite dated now but it is still an excellent example of early British cinema and George Arliss, as usual, is very good as Wellington. The only problem is that the near 70 year old Arliss is supposed to be playing the Iron Duke when he was in his forties. As good an actor as Arliss was, even he can't pull that off. He actually plays the Duke as he probably was in his later years; prone to cackle a lot, friendly with the young ladies, and a bit of an eccentric. The rest of the cast is just okay, with Gladys Cooper a bit ahead of the rest as Madame, King Louis VIII's vengeful niece. The Waterloo battle scenes are stilted and poorly staged but the interiors are fine, most notably the scenes of the Duchess of Richmond's ball. For a better view historically of Wellington during his fighting days, see Christopher Plummer's characterization in the 1970 Dino De Laurentis production "Waterloo".


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