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Desert Command (1946)

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Edited version of the 1933 Mascot serial "The Three Musketeers," first released in 1946.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wayne (archive footage)
Ruth Hall ...
Elaine Corday (archive footage)
Robert Frazer ...
Maj. Booth (archive footage)
Stubbs (archive footage)
Lt. Armand Corday (archive footage) (as Creighton Chaney)
Clancy (archive footage)
Raymond Hatton ...
Renard (archive footage)
Schmidt (archive footage)
Hooper Atchley ...
El Kadur (archive footage)
Gordon De Main ...
Col. Duval (archive footage)
Al Ferguson ...
Ali (archive footage)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Ratkin (archive footage) (as Edward Piel)
William Desmond ...
Capt. Boncour (archive footage)
George Magrill ...
El Maghreb (archive footage)
Robert Warwick ...
Col. Brent (archive footage)


In this feature-length abridgment of the 1933 serial The Three Musketeers (1933), three Foreign Legionnaires (Clancy, Renard, and Schmidt) who refer to themselves in song and banter as the Three Musketeers fight renegade Arab forces under the mysterious El Shaitan. Rescued from a surrounding force by army pilot Tom Wayne, they support Wayne as he tries to uncover the identity of El Shaitan, who is smuggling guns into Algeria in hopes of creating a full-scale revolution. Only by going undercover as a member of the Devil's Circle can Wayne learn the secret of El Shaitan's identity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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El Kadur: [from the darkness] Death to the unbelievers!
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Lots of action in a low quality film
12 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's interesting that "Desert Command" is a 1946 movie release made from a condensed 1933 film. Apparently, the earlier film, "TheThree Musketeers," was put together from a series of short ones. Two earlier reviewers give some good information on that. In the early years of movies – and through the 1950s as I can recall, the standard movie fare on any given weekend was two movies and a cartoon. One film would be a short or a "B" grade movie. So, it's interesting to see this much later release of snippets put together in a single film from the 1933 film footage.

One thing very noticeable, is the difference in quality that 13 years made. By 1946, John Wayne had been in 110 movies. The quality of the films he had been in the past several years – whether A or B movies, was quite good. So, the snowy, scratchy, poor quality of this Mascot film from 1933 footage really stands out.

This film has lots of the action from the earlier film. But it suffers greatly in the plot, editing and all technical aspects. I think the plot has several holes where scenes don't connect well. For instance, Elaine Corday (played by Ruth Hall) rides to an Arab hideout to report a possible spy to an Arab chieftain. It sure looked like she was part of the evil network of El Shatan. So, when other scenes have her helping one side and then the other, it becomes quite confusing.

This film has some well known names of the time in the cast, besides John Wayne. But aside from the action in a very choppy and disoriented plot, there's little else to recommend it.

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