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A Modern Musketeer (1917)

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Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars as Ned Thacker, who is born during a Kansas cyclone (coincidentally the same manner in which Fairbanks' real-life contemporary Buster Keaton came into the world!) and is thus imbued with the spirit of adventure. Having been virtually weaned on Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, Ned grows up dedicated to old-fashioned chivalry. Alas, his well-meaning efforts to emulate his Musketeer idols nearly always backfire in a hilariously disastrous fashion. Ultimately, however, he is afforded an opportunity to rescue heroine Dorothy Moran (Marjorie Daw) in a true D'Artagnan-like manner. Unfortunately, only the first three reels of A Modern Musketeer are known to exist. Happily, however, this fragment includes a delightful dream sequence in which Fairbanks imagines himself to be a 16th-century swashbuckler -- a fascinating (and arguably more enjoyable) precursor to his own 1921 screen version of The Three Musketeers.

Cast

Douglas Fairbanks
as Ned Thacker
Zasu Pitts
as A Kansas Belle
Edythe Chapman
as Mrs. Thacker
Tully Marshall
as James Brown
Eugene Ormonde
as Forrest Vandeteer
Kathleen Kirkham
as Mrs. Dodge
Marjorie Daw
as Elsie Dodge
Frank Campeau
as Chin-de-dah
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Lesser Fairbanks vehicle has some good scenes.

August 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Such a hokey "aw shucks!" story might have worked back then, but viewing it today was a different story.

December 6, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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