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A Modern Musketeer (1917)

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

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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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30 December 1917 (USA)  »

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Marjorie Daw and Kathleen Kirkham, daughter and mother, were seven years apart in age. Daw was only 15(!) when this film was made. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Chaplin (1992) See more »

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great fun although a bit hit and miss
1 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Modern Musketeer', now complete and restored thanks to the efforts of the Danish Film Archive, is a fun modern adventure film starring the ever smiling Douglas Fairbanks (Snr). The first scenes show our hero as D'Artagnan of the Three Musketeers, swashing a buckle to rescue a young lady's handkerchief, before fast forwarding to modern times where Ned Thacker, his mother obsessed with the Dumas novel, has been brought up to be chivalrous (and rather irritating) where young ladies are concerned.

When Ned decides to leave for the big wide world in his new car - not until after he's climbed the church spire (as you do) - he meets Elsie Dodge, who's being railroaded into marriage with an unpleasant and cheating millionaire. Falling for Elsie he first lets her share his lunch hamper, then saves her from a fate worse than death at the hands of the local Injun (man with teeth necklace who thinks that makes him king).

Great action sequences involving ropes, jumps, and various acrobatics prefigure Fairbanks' later cinematic adventures. Marjorie Daw plays Elsie as the blushing young ingénue, while Tully Marshall pops up as a wronged man out for revenge. Although this film loses its way somewhat

  • starting as a likable comedy and then becoming a wild west adventure


  • it wears its years well and is worth a look.



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