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The Three Musketeers (1948) Poster

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Lana Turner was ordered to lose weight before filming began.
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It was suggested that Gig Young and Robert Coote should have switched roles.
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This was Gene Kelly's favorite non-musical role.
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Lana Turner originally accepted a studio suspension in preference to playing Lady de Winter because she considered Milady a secondary character.
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Deborah Kerr was offered the role of Constance before June Allyson was cast.
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D'Artagnan was supposed to be 20 at the beginning of the film, although Gene Kelly was 35. Curiously however Dumas described D'Artagnan as being 39 or 40 in January 1648 at the beginning of the sequel "Twenty Years After".
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Lana Turner's first appearance in a color feature.
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In the original novel Constance was the wife, not the goddaughter of D'Artagnan's landlord. By 1948 standards, a hero like D'Artagnan would never dally with a married woman.
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Ian Keith, who plays Rochefort in this film, also portrayed the character in the 1935 version of The Three Musketeers (1935).
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Neither France nor England had prime ministers, in the modern sense, in the 17th century. However, Richelieu, was Louis XIII's First Minister of State. He was the King's senior Minister and conducted national affairs in his absence. The Duke of Buckingham had no similar position, but he held important Ministerial posts under James I of England and Charles I of England. He was Charles' favorite most trusted adviser for many years. Calling them First Ministers or Prime Ministers is easy shorthand for movies because of their influence.
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Gene Kelly was hoping his performance would convince MGM to let him do a musical version of Cyrano De Bergerac. Regardless of his energetic performance, the studio brass wouldn't go for a musical Cyrano even though Kelly pestered them for years about it.
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Belgian fencing champion Jean Heremans, who appears in the film as the cardinal's guard, taught Gene Kelly how to fence.
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During the filming of a bedroom scene, Gene Kelly flung Lana Turner onto a bed with such force that she fell to the ground and suffered a broken elbow.
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Fearing pressure from church groups, MGM had the script refer to Richelieu as Prime Minister rather than Cardinal and almost all traces of him being a cardinal or a man of the church at all have been removed, even though other versions of this story kept Richelieu explicitly a cardinal without any repercussions.
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In her autobiography, June Allyson notes that she did not feel comfortable doing a period piece, and that she tried to get out of her assignment in the picture.
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Angela Lansbury considered herself too young to play the role of the Queen and wanted to play Milady De Winter.
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A December 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that director George Sidney planned to shoot his own version of the film with a 16mm camera, alongside the studio's 35mm cameras, but no further information regarding a 16mm version has been found.
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Robert Taylor, Ricardo Montalban, and Sydney Greenstreet were originally cast as Athos, Aramis and Richelieu.
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During Lana Turner's suspension, MGM began a search for her possible replacement and, at one point, considered Alida Valli, who was then under contract to David O. Selznick.
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This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Friday 3 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was not aired in Phladelphia until 1 November 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City 5 December 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2); San Francisco televiewers finally got their first look at it 27 August 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.
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This was Lana Turner's first screen appearance in a color feature.
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According to June Allyson in her biography, Lana Turner cried for real in the sequence where the audience see tears on her face.
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Screenwriter Robert Ardrey was displeased with George Sidney's irreverent approach to the story and objected to the spoof elements that were added to the film.
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Director Burt Kennedy got his first movie job here as a fencer/stuntman.This is sometimes erroneously credited to Bert Kennedy.
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The first Hollywood film to adapt the whole story line of Dumas' novel. The previous, and many of the later, film adaptations would only adapt the first half of the novel (aka "The Queens Diamonds").
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Roy Rowland filled in as director of the film's screen tests in December 1947 while George Sidney was recovering from an illness.
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Production charts include Frances Gifford in the cast, but she was not in the film.
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