The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
Come on! There is greater adventure beyond.
The iron-masked King languishes in his tower prison and notices a fisherman in the sea below. He quickly scratches a message on a pewter platter and tosses it out of the window to the rocks below. The fisherman picks up the place and READS the message - at that time in history the (oppressed) French working class were illiterate.
The 1975 television broadcast (cut to 87 minutes), removed the intertitles and a few scenes, and substituted the soundtrack with an original piano score by William J. Perry. This version was the closing film in the TV series "The Silent Years", hosted by Lillian Gish, and was distributed by Blackhawk Films in video in the 1980s.