The hectic adventures of D'Artagnan (Gene Kelly), a young provincial noble who came to Paris to become a Musketeer. He will meet action, love, hate, King Louis XIII (Frank Morgan) and Queen Anne (Dame Angela Lansbury), as his impetuousness gets him involved in political plots... and of course, virile and indestructible friendship with the three Musketeers Athos (Van Heflin), Porthos (Gig Young), and Aramis (Robert Coote).Written by
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. See more »
In the battle on the beach (at around 1 min), D'Artagnan's opponent's horse is solid black in close-up, but brown with a white blaze in wide shots. See more »
Lady de Winter:
I want the head of Monsieur D'Artagnan delivered to me, preserved in a small box.
Oh no, milady, that is - I haven't yet given up hope for him.
Lady de Winter:
Well, you may give up hope for him now.
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The Hollywood of the classic studio system is not known for its kindness in adapting great literary works. Often overwrought or oversimplified, cut down or bastardized, the movie versions rarely capture the essence or the form of the books they pretend to adapt.
This one is exceptional. Both the pathos and the verve of the Dumas novel (itself a roman-feuilleton - a serial- which it is rumored Dumas didn't actually write) are wonderfully captured, and Kelly is the dream D'Artagnan. Every bit of physicality and fun that he brought to his choreographies in the musicals is used beautifully to bring grace and energy to the duels. The humor of the star is used quite brilliantly. Compare the toungue-in-cheek pastiche THE DUELLING CAVALIER in SINGING IN THE RAIN with this earlier work. Look up a few of his directorial efforts (The Cheyenne Social Club) with the humor here.
Each fan of Dumas will have his favorite version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, but we all must agree this is a noble and (overall) successful effort.
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