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Desert Command (1946)

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

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Tom Wayne (archive footage)
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Elaine Corday (archive footage)
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Maj. Booth (archive footage)
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Stubbs (archive footage)
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Lt. Armand Corday (archive footage) (as Creighton Chaney)
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Clancy (archive footage)
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Renard (archive footage)
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Schmidt (archive footage)
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El Kadur (archive footage)
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Col. Duval (archive footage)
Al Ferguson ...
Ali (archive footage)
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Ratkin (archive footage) (as Edward Piel)
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Capt. Boncour (archive footage)
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El Maghreb (archive footage)
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Col. Brent (archive footage)
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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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Lt. Armand Corday: Those fool Arabs are always beating their native drums.
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Edited serial
17 May 2008 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

Desert Command (1946), a feature version of a early John Wayne serial, was one of Republic's attempts to cash in on the box office appeal of one of their stars. In 1933, John Wayne, a struggling B actor, was working in serials for Mascot Pictures, the forerunner to Republic. The Three Musketeers was an updated version of Dumas' adventure classic using Foreign Legionnaires instead of royal swordsmen. The serial was the third of three chapter-plays Wayne made at this time. In 1946, he had become a major star, producing his own films at Republic. Desert Command was designed to play the bottom half of a double bill at second run theaters at a Saturday matinée, where a Roy Rogers or Gene Autry film might be the main feature. Autry had also appeared in a sci-fi western serial for Mascot, "Phantom Empire" which was re-edited into a 1940 feature, "Men With Steel Faces." Other Republic serials re-edited as features included "Hi-Yo Silver" (The Lone Ranger, 1938), Lost Planet Airmen (King of the Rocketmen, 1949), and Zorro Rides Again (same title as 1937 serial). In 1966, to cash in on the Batman "camp" craze, Republic re-released several of their serials as features under different titles for television in the "Century 66" package.


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