The Three Musketeers Reviews
Douglas Fairbanks is perfect as D'Artagnan, aside from the fact that he's obviously much older than the character he's playing. That's just it, though. Though D'Artagnan's age is never specifically mentioned, Fairbanks defies the obvious age of his own age to convey that he is a boy on the brink of manhood. The eager twinkle in his eye almost makes you believe that he's eighteen and struggling to make his place in the world. Most importantly, Fairbanks really captures the impetuous nature of the D'Artagnon from the novel.
The stunts here aren't as spectacular as the earlier year's Mark Of Zorro, or the subsequent Robin Hood, but they bring D'Artagnan's adventures to life. Mostly it's just Fairbanks' child-like style of fencing, consisting of the actors banging their swords together, with Fairbanks always coming out the victor. I believe this may be the first time he is seen to fence with multiple opponents at once. Like in Zorro, he bounds over tables, chairs and other obstacles, often backwards, never taking his eyes off his opponent.
Both Fairbanks and Musketeer fans should be pleased with what is presented here. The only way it could have been better would have been if Fairbanks had produced a trilogy based on the entire novel.