The Iron Duke

  • 1934
  • 1 HR 20 MIN
  • NR
  • Biography

Famed thespian George Arliss made a career of playing historical figures important in the development of Western Civilization (Voltaire, Disraeli, Richelieu, Rothschild, Alexander Hamilton) on stage and screen. In THE IRON DUKE Arliss adds another to his resume with his portrayal of Britain's Duke of Wellington. The film only details the events in Wellington's...read more

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Famed thespian George Arliss made a career of playing historical figures important in the development of Western Civilization (Voltaire, Disraeli, Richelieu, Rothschild, Alexander Hamilton) on stage and screen. In THE IRON DUKE Arliss adds another to his resume with his portrayal of

Britain's Duke of Wellington. The film only details the events in Wellington's life from 1815 to 1816, but this year was packed with enough conflict and intrigue to last a lifetime. After defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, Arliss discovers that he must contend with a political hornet's

nest that has been stirred up by his decision not to impose severe sanctions on the French. The British House of Lords decries the decision, wanting to take territory and goods from the defeated French, but Arliss refuses because the whole of Europe would be shattered. Meanwhile Cooper, the

daughter of Marie Antoinette, schemes to ruin Arliss by revealing his affair with a married woman to the press. Eventually Arliss redeems himself with the House of Lords and the public, securing his place in history. For all its pretensions of epic historical grandeur, THE IRON DUKE is a very

episodic, claustrophobic film that fails to convey the scope of Wellington's life and times. The Battle of Waterloo is staged with such a sparse number of extras that the scene never really opens up to show the panoramic sweep of this important military event. The manner in which the battle is

introduced and presented makes it seem casual and unimportant, and thus the film fails to impart just how vital the events afterward were to the fate of Europe. Not only are the pace and direction of THE IRON DUKE uninspired and haphazard, but the script is rife with historical inaccuracies, the

glossing over of less flattering events, and definite misrepresentation in the case of Marshal Ney's (Willard) execution. THE IRON DUKE came at the end of a cycle of European historical dramas.

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