The Three Musketeers

1935

The Three Musketeers

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This first talkie version of Dumas' The Three Musketeers had been planned by RKO Radio as a John Ford production, with Francis Lederer as D'Artagnan. By the time the film emerged on screen, Rowland V. Lee was in the director's chair, with the talented but uncharismatic Walter Abel in the D'Artagnan role. Equally unengaging were Paul Lukas, Moroni Olsen and Onslow Stevens as Athos, Porthos and Aramis, while Margot Grahame was more petulant than menacing as Milady De Winter. Like most filmed adaptations of the Dumas novel, this Three Musketeers concentrates on the episode of the Queen's purloined necklace; the story ends on a misleadingly happy note, with heroine Constance (Heather Angel) alive and kicking at film's end (which she certainly wasn't in the novel). Except for some excellent swordplay -- especially during the opening credits -- this is considered the dreariest of the many versions of The Three Musketeers.

Cast

Walter Abel
as D'Artagnan
Margot Grahame
as Milady de Winter
Heather Angel
as Constance
Ian Keith
as de Rochefort
Moroni Olsen
as Porthos
Ralph Forbes
as Duke of Buckingham
Lumsden Hare
as de Treville
Miles Mander
as King Louis XIII
Nigel De Brulier
as Cardinal Richelieu
John Qualen
as Planchet
Wade Boteler
as Peylerand
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  • There's a lot of hard galloping and lively swordsmanship, however, to help things along, and on the whole it's a good picture to take the family to on Saturday afternoon.

    Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • To us oldsters, with the memory of Douglas Fairbanks, the elder, ever green in our hearts, Abel's performance is a little too impetuously boyish... In fact, none of the cast was quite glamorous or gallant enough for me.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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