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A Modern Musketeer (1917)

A restless young man travels west, encountering adventure, romance, and danger.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Allan Dwan (photoplay), E.P. Lyle Jr. (based upon "D'Artagnan of Kansas" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Ned Thacker / D'Artagnan
Marjorie Daw ... Elsie Dodge
Kathleen Kirkham Kathleen Kirkham ... Mrs. Dodge
Eugene Ormonde Eugene Ormonde ... Forrest Vandeteer
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Thacker
Frank Campeau ... Chin-de-dah
Tully Marshall ... James Brown
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Storyline

Ned Thacker, through prenatal suggestion, is born in Kansas with the spirit of D'Artagnan, of Gascony, and, naturally, his gallantries are very much misunderstood by maids and matrons of today, but when he falls in love with Dorothy Morane it takes something more than a millionaire rival to head him off, and it takes even more than a half-crazed Indian guide and the face of the Grand Canyon to keep him from the lady of his choice; not even her mother can do that. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A gáncsnélküli lovag See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The El Tovar Hotel, prominently shown in the movie, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. See more »

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When Chin-de-dah leads Vandeteer and Elsie through the Canyon, the shadows of the cameraman and another crew member are visible on the ground. See more »

Crazy Credits

Except for Douglas Fairbanks, whose name appears above the title, there is no cast list. Actors are introduced by intertitle cards just before they appear on the screen. The IMDb cast list therefore uses this "order of appearance" sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2006, the Danish Film Institute copyrighted a 68-minute version of this film, with a musical score played by the Mont Alto Orchestra. Additional restoration and music credits stretch the time to 69 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Chaplin (1992) See more »

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Incomplete but still very worth while viewing!
27 March 2005 | by bgtaylorSee all my reviews

Although best known for his swashbuckling adventure films of the 1920s like THE MARK OF ZORRO, THE BLACK PIRATE and THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Douglas Fairbanks was already wowing the audiences in earlier years from 1915 onwards, particularly with his amazing physical feats which led to his more famous action hero roles of the 20s. In fact, many of his pre-1920 films have more raw action and amazing feats than the more sophisticated productions of later years, and A MODERN MUSKETEER is a prime example: one astonishing action sequence shows Fairbanks doing some running somersaults, leaping over walls and then a horse in a single bound before virtually running up a perpendicular church wall and its steeple with the speed and ease of a monkey! Anyone who has thrilled to other early Fairbanks films like WILD AND WOOLLY, MANHATTAN MADNESS and HIS MAJESTY, THE American will surely be as amazed and entertained as I was to watch A MODERN MUSKETEER. Although it's incomplete, with only the first 3 reels surviving, it showcases the trademark comedy and action talents of Douglas Fairbanks in his years leading up to his biggest film successes. A few short scenes show Fairbanks as D'Artagnan – a foretaste of his later success in THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and then the story revolves around a young man from Kansas who, like D'Artagnan, is always looking to rescue a damsel in distress. It is wildly funny, and despite its missing ending, really worth while viewing.


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