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The Three Musketeers -- The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers...

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Alexandre Dumas (by: "The Three Musketeers")
Edward Knoblock (adapted by)
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28 August 1921 (USA) See more »
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The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fun, entertaining silent swashbuckler gives us a skeleton of the Musketeer novel. See more (14 total) »

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Directed by
Fred Niblo 
 
Writing credits
Alexandre Dumas (by: "The Three Musketeers") (as Alexander Dumas)

Edward Knoblock (adapted by)

Lotta Woods (scenario editor)

Douglas Fairbanks  uncredited

Produced by
Douglas Fairbanks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Louis F. Gottschalk (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Nellie Mason (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Edward M. Langley 
 
Costume Design by
Paul Burns (master of costumes)
 
Makeup Department
George Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Harry Edwards .... master of properties
Willie Hopkins .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard Talmadge .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Wayne .... electrician (as Bert Wayne)
 
Music Department
Brian Benison .... music performer: 1996
Louis F. Gottschalk .... music compiled by
Marilyn Hall .... music preparation: 1996
 
Other crew
Frank England .... technical director
Douglas Fairbanks .... presents
H.J. Utterhore .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
 
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119 min
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Black and White | Color (Wyckoff-DeMill Color) (some sequences)
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Nigel De Brulier would late reprise his role as Cardinal Richelieu in The Iron Mask (1929), The Three Musketeers (1935) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939).See more »
Quotes:
Cardinal Richelieu:If you were about to die, what would you do?
D'Artagnan:Your Eminence, I should write the history of France.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fun, entertaining silent swashbuckler gives us a skeleton of the Musketeer novel., 14 July 2004

D'Artangan (Douglas Fairbanks) goes up against his rival Richelieu (Adolphe Menjou), with the help of his Musketeer friends. There is a plot, something to do with the Queen, but don't ask me what it was.

Like most film adaptations of long (in this case about as long as War and Peace, like all other Dumas books) novels, a lot has been simplified and left out, yet the plot is still hard to follow! This means that people who've read the book complain about the missing parts, and people who haven't read it, complain they can't follow the movie! For this reason, i don't know why anybody ever adapts long novels. In this case, the appeal of the swordplay and romance is a well justified reason for putting these characters onscreen.

Like many entertainment-driven silents, it is impossible to delve too deeply into character, let alone themes - so what we have feels like a fairly empty and superficial version of an epic story.

Enjoyable Fairbanks vehicle is just a piece of fluff, the silent era equivalent of Pirates of the Caribbean - which is no small achievement. It has genuine sword-swishing action, and the dashing and charismatic Fairbanks - who makes for both great comic relief, and a great hero.

Highlight: there is some sparkling little samples of dialogue (title cards), which were unexpectedly hilarious. Mainly in D'Artangan's scenes.

7/10.

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