11 user 7 critic

A Modern Musketeer (1917)

A restless young man travels west, encountering adventure, romance, and danger.



(photoplay), (based upon "D'Artagnan of Kansas" by)

On Disc

at Amazon


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In order to find out who's behind a cattle rustling operation that's hurting ranchers, a detective for the Cattleman's Protective Association pretends to be a tenderfoot from back east ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Frank Campeau
The Iron Mask (1929)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier
What Max Said (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A middle-aged man who has reached a crisis point in his domestic life tries to reassemble his past.

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro
Stars: Ignacio Fernández de Castro, Myriam De Maeztu, Gracia Querejeta
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon, Bruce Winston
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner, where cocktails, laced with a "love potion," work their magic. ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Bebe Daniels, Edward Everett Horton
A Dog's Life (1918)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Dave Anderson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Clarence Handyside, Rene Boucicault
Arizona (1918)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An Army lieutenant at a remote post in Arizona tells a young woman that he does not love her, so she contrives to marry his commanding officer, who is also his best friend.

Directors: Douglas Fairbanks, Albert Parker
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Theodore Roberts, Kate Price
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A factory worker has always dreamed that he was meant for better things, to be rich and famous and in "the company of kings". One day he discovers that he is indeed the only heir to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Richard Cummings
Comedy | Western | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter
The Lamb (1915)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Gerald, the somewhat frail son of a wealthy New York family, is bested at the beach by Bill, a strapping young cowboy from Arizona. His fiancée Mary, ashamed of Gerald's "yellow streak", ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Seena Owen, William Lowery


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis






Release Date:

30 December 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gáncsnélküli lovag  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(2006 alternate)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The El Tovar Hotel, prominently shown in the movie, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. 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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Things to Come
31 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

This Douglas Fairbanks vehicle has been noted for its scenes of Fairbanks dressed as D'Artagnan ("The Three Musketeers") anticipating the star's later redirection of his career in the 1920s to more prestigious, costume/historical swashbucklers. Otherwise, "A Modern Musketeer" is similar to the usual modern comedies Fairbanks made before "The Mark of Zorro" and "The Three Musketeers" transformed his career. His scenes as D'Artagnan are only a small part of the picture—mostly the opening sequence where Doug swordfights every man in a tavern to humorously retrieve a lady's handkerchief. Framing this sequence, Fairbanks literally winks at the camera, which the Flicker Alley commentary suggests was to reassure audiences that they were watching the same old Doug, who had by this time firmly established a popular comedic screen persona.

I like Fairbanks's comedies and have viewed about every complete one I could find on home video, but, admittedly, even the best formulas eventually get tiresome and in need of some revision and innovation. The first part of "A Modern Musketeer" is, thus, interestingly unusual. Besides the opening swashbuckling, other sequences seem to be in non-chronological order: first, there's a mythological past of D'Artagnan with a modern sense of humor, then a near-contemporary scene where modern Doug destroys another, but modern, tavern, as he again knocks men about to defend a woman's honor, followed by the cyclone scene of Doug's character's birth and, then, another near-present scene on a streetcar involving giving up seats for ladies. After this, we mostly follow the main chronological story as our hero leaves home and eventually saves the day at the Grand Canyon.

As in his other comedies, Fairbanks is established as out-of-place in modern society, for his restless exuberance and chivalry at the expense of clobbering any fellow seeming to be in his way. The film suggests that this kind of man was more at home in the past, such as in the case of D'Artagnan. The setting of historical swashbucklers befitted Fairbanks's persona, whereas the modern comedies found their comedy in Fairbanks's awkwardness in modern times and his transformation within those constraints. He doesn't belong in his small hometown in Kansas, so he leaves for adventure.

Overall, this is a good Fairbanks comedy. It's the earliest one I've seen directed by Allan Dwan, who was taking over for John Emerson as the star's main director. Apparently, scenarist and title writer Anita Loos had also already departed from Fairbanks's team of filmmakers, but her influence continued to be seen in witty title cards such as this one: "After Fording the desert… Note:--please pardon the pun." The "note" part, as the DVD commentary points out, is a clever jab at D.W. Griffith, who included historical footnotes, often dubiously, in title cards for his historical epics, such as "The Birth of a Nation".

Some final technical notes: the tornado scene features some decent special effects for 1917, including the use of miniatures. Lots of structures fall over and apart, but there isn't nearly enough dust blowing around to make the scene more realistic. This sequence and the dam break climax in Fairbanks's "When the Clouds Roll by" seem to have had a strong influence on Buster Keaton, who included similar scenes in his later comedies. Additionally, the direction and editing are generally sharp here, as in other Fairbanks's films, but there is one particularly sloppy match-on-action cut about 30 minutes in where there's a temporal replay as the scene cuts to a closer view. Finally, the photography of the Grand Canyon is pretty good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Film Credits Niro
100.000 Dollars? gcassidy2
Discuss A Modern Musketeer (1917) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: