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The Three Musketeers -- 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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7 April 1933 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Dutch Schmidt

John Wayne ... Tom Wayne
Ruth Hall ... Elaine Corday

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Armand Corday [Chs. 1, 10] (as Creighton Chaney)

Hooper Atchley ... El Kadur

Gordon De Main ... Colonel Duval

Robert Frazer ... Major Booth

Noah Beery Jr. ... Stubbs [Chs. 1-2, 10]
Al Ferguson ... Ali

Edward Peil Sr. ... Ratkin (as Edward Piel)

William Desmond ... Captain Boncour

George Magrill ... El Maghreb

Robert Warwick ... Col. Brent [Ch. 1]
Emile Chautard ... Gen. Pelletier [Ch. 1]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Raymond Hatton ... Renard

Jack Mulhall ... Clancy

Yakima Canutt ... El Shaitan-Masked / Legion Officer [Ch. 8] (uncredited)

Ken Cooper ... Arab (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Rodney Hildebrand ... Colonel Demoyne [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
Tracy Layne ... Legionnaire [Chs. 2, 4, 6-10, 12] (uncredited)

Wilfred Lucas ... El Shaitan (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Ben Yosif [Chs. 5, 7] (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... El Shaitan-Speaking (uncredited)

Directed by
Colbert Clark 
Armand Schaefer 
Writing credits
Alexandre Dumas (story source) (as Alexander Dumas)

Norman S. Hall  story and screenplay (as Norman Hall) and
Colbert Clark  story and screenplay and
Barney A. Sarecky  story and screenplay (as Barney Sarecky) and
Bennett Cohen  screenplay (as Ben Cohen) and
Wyndham Gittens  story and screenplay

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lee Zahler 
Cinematography by
Tom Galligan 
Ernest Miller 
Edgar Lyons (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Ray Snyder 
Sound Department
Homer Ackerman .... sound engineer
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tracy Layne .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wyndham Gittens .... supervising editor
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director
Other crew
Nat Levine .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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210 min | USA:210 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (International Film Recording Co.)
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Not the slickest of early serials but it has John Wayne!, 10 April 2002
Author: C.K. Dexter Haven from BC

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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