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The Three Musketeers (1939)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 February 1939 (USA)
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D'Artagnan sings and fronts for slapstick cowardly Ritz brothers posing as musketeers.

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Cast

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The Ritz Brothers ...
Binnie Barnes ...
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Pauline Moore ...
Lady Constance
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Naveau
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Athos (as Douglas Dumbrille)
John 'Dusty' King ...
Aramis (as John King)
Russell Hicks ...
Gregory Gaye ...
Vitray
Lester Matthews ...
Egon Brecher ...
Landlord
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Storyline

A parodic remake of the story of the young Gascon D'Artagnan, who 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, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A musical comedy version of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.


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17 February 1939 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Miles Mander (Cardinal Richelieu) previously played King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers (1935). See more »

Goofs

During the scene where horsemen are chasing a carriage containing Milady and D'Artagnan along a country road, an electric power substation can briefly be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

D'Artagnan: She's a walking post office.
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Version of The King's Musketeers (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Musketeers
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel Pokrass
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers twice
Sung by all the marhcing musketeers at the end
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17 January 2005 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

It is indeed a question why Fox turned out this odd musical sendup of the Dumas novel so soon after a straight version had been shot and released. But Ameche makes for a dashing and lighthearted D'Artagnan and the interchangeable Ritz Brothers -- the poor man's Three Stooges -- provide some comic relief as cowardly vassals mistaken for the real musketeers, who are MIA in this version of the classic story. Very low budget, but so what? It's lots of fun, although the musical numbers are pretty mediocre. At least Ameche can sing! Catch it on TMC and enjoy it for what it's worth. If nothing else, it's relatively brief. It certainly compares favorably with the 1948 all-star version starring Gene Kelly, which next to the 1973 Richard Lester version is probably the best of the myriad film versions of this grand adventure.


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