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The Three Musketeers (1933)

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Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Hatton ...
Dutch Schmidt (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
Lt. Tom Wayne
Ruth Hall ...
Elaine Corday
Lt. Armand Corday [Chs. 1, 10] (as Creighton Chaney)
Hooper Atchley ...
El Kadur
Gordon De Main ...
Colonel Duval
Robert Frazer ...
Major Booth, USA
Noah Stubbs [Chs. 1-2, 10]
Al Ferguson ...
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Leon Ratkin (as Edward Piel)
William Desmond ...
Captain Boncour
George Magrill ...
El Maghreb
Robert Warwick ...
Col. Brent, USA [Ch. 1]


American aviator Tom Wayne (John Wayne)and his co-pilot, Stubbs (Noah Beery Jr.)are flying over an African desert when they see trouble below...Arab bandits are attacking three troopers of the French Foreign Legion. Using the machine gun mounted on his airplane, Wayne quickly stops the Arab attack. The rescued Legionaires---Clancy (Jack Mulhall), Renard (Raymond Hatton) and Dutch Schmidt (Ralph Bushman)introduce themselves as "The Three Musketeers." They inform Wayne that the attackers were followers of "The Devil's Circle," a fanatic cult out to destroy the Foreign Legion by gun-running and insurrection. The cult's leader is El Shaitan, a masked man whose real identity is known to none. Wayne is drawn into the fight through the encouragement of his new friends, and a call for help from an old friend, Armand Corday (Lon Chaney Jr.), who has been duped into The Devil's Circle, but is trying to break away. But Armand, is killed by an assassin before he can tell what he knows about the ... Written by Les Adams <>

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7 April 1933 (USA)  »

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Die drei Musketiere  »

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| (12 episodes)

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Retitled, re-edited and re-released in 1946 as a feature, Desert Command (1946). See more »


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Not the slickest of early serials but it has John Wayne!
10 April 2002 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

An old creaker of a 12 chapter Foreign Legion serial actually puts John Wayne in the forefront of the action despite having him appear only fourth in the credits. The production standards of course were nothing to write home about then and are certainly slapdash now but the action has some nifty inventive moments and it was all shot on location which was a big plus. The good natured comraderie between the "musketeers" was definitely used as a prototype for Gunga Din, made six years later by RKO. Some notable appearances by Noah Beery Jr, Lon Chaney and Yakima Canutt will interest film historians and the adventure is entertaining enough even if you can't get through all the chapters in one sitting. Not the greatest old-time serial ever made I'm sure but I'll watch John Wayne in anything and the DVD was worth the purchase.

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