A Modern Musketeer (1917)

TV-G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Western  |  30 December 1917 (USA)
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A restless young man travels west, encountering adventure, romance, and danger.



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Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Kirkham ...
Mrs. Dodge
Eugene Ormonde ...
Forrest Vandeteer
Edythe Chapman ...
Mrs. Thacker
Frank Campeau ...
James Brown


Ned Thacker, through prenatal suggestion, is born in Kansas with the spirit of D'Artagnan, of Gascony, and, naturally, his gallantries are very much misunderstood by maids and matrons of today, but when he falls in love with Dorothy Morane it takes something more than a millionaire rival to head him off, and it takes even more than a half-crazed Indian guide and the face of the Grand Canyon to keep him from the lady of his choice; not even her mother can do that. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

30 December 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Douglas le nouveau D'Artagnan  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first film shown at the newly built Rivoli Theater in New York City. See more »


When Chin-de-dah leads Vandeteer and Elsie through the Canyon, the shadows of the cameraman and another crew member are visible on the ground. See more »

Crazy Credits

Except for Douglas Fairbanks, whose name appears above the title, there is no cast list. Actors are introduced by intertitle cards just before they appear on the screen. The IMDb cast list therefore uses this "order of appearance" sequence. See more »


Referenced in Chaplin (1992) See more »

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Our first glance of Doug Fairbanks as D'Artagnan!
20 September 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Well, it wasn't in 1921, in that world-famous classic swashbuckler "The Three Musketeers", that the world got to see Douglas Fairbanks for the first time in the role of D'Artagnan - it was in 1917, in this fabulous adventure-comedy! So, in the very beginning we see him dressed up 17th century style, with long hair and mustache - and a meaningful wink towards the audience, which tells us that this is only his 'dress rehearsal' for his great role...

For in reality, he's a young fellow living in 1917 Kansas - but certainly not an average one. Why? Because his mother has always been an ardent reader of Alexandre Dumas, and she raised him literally with the hope that he'll become a modern-day D'Artagnan one day... And he REALLY is a gentleman of the old school in every way; he's a member of the 'Society for the prevention of cruelty to women', he intervenes wherever he witnesses injustice (and often with quite unpleasant consequences for himself), he does the most stunning stunts...

And one day, he sets out on his journey of adventure, just like D'Artagnan had done - only with a Ford instead of a yellow steed... And in the middle of the desert, he meets, of course, his 'damsel in distress': young and pretty Elsie, who's just about to be married (forced by her mother) to a man she doesn't want - and what a break: since their car has broken down, he's able, by adjusting his car to the railway tracks, to take them to their destination; and to steal Elsie's heart away on the way, of course... But now, in the Wild West, there are some REAL adventures waiting for our 'modern Musketeer'...!

What a wonderful mixture of Dumas and Western, of 17th century ideals and early 20th century reality; and, of course, a GREAT vehicle for the rising star Douglas Fairbanks! Here he can show both his romantic imagination and his great physical shape: in his youthful exuberance, he jumps out of windows on to lamp posts, climbs a church steeple, and even makes a handstand on the edge of the Grand Canyon! Ageless and timeless family entertainment even today, almost 100 years later - and, as we said, a foretaste on what was to come a few years afterward...

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