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Three Musketeers
     

The Three Musketeers

Director: Allan Dwan, Don Ameche, The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy, Binnie Barnes

Cast: Allan Dwan, Don Ameche, The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy, Binnie Barnes

 

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Allan Dwan's comedic musical adaptation of the classic Dumas story sticks close to the original tale, yet it augments it with healthy doses of humor and songs. Don Ameche stars as D'Artagnan and the Ritz Brothers play his two other musketeers.

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Allan Dwan's comedic musical adaptation of the classic Dumas story sticks close to the original tale, yet it augments it with healthy doses of humor and songs. Don Ameche stars as D'Artagnan and the Ritz Brothers play his two other musketeers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Ritz Brothers, Al, Jimmy and Harry (whom Mel Brooks once called the "funniest man in the world"), are all but forgotten, but they were consummate clowns whose career spanned nightclubs, vaudeville, Broadway and the movies. This lavish-looking 1939 musical adaptation of Dumas' swashbuckling classic is their finest hour on screen. The trio does not portray Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Instead, they are innkeeper lackeys who impersonate the musketeers and become embroiled in palace intrigue with the unwitting D'Artagnan (Don Ameche), who believes them to be the real thing. The songs are forgettable, but the comic set pieces hold up well. Anticipating Bob Hope in his best vehicle, Monsieur Beaucaire, the film takes great sport in putting these decidedly cowardly ("No, we don't want to fight" is their response to a call to duel) and unchivalrous stooges in the thick of Dumas' story. In one memorable scene, the villainess Lady DeWinter (a game Binnie Barnes) literally gets shaken down by the boys as they seek to retrieve an incriminating letter from her bodice. Royally entertaining, this treasure from the golden age of the studio system will delight old school comedy buffs eager to be puttin' on the Ritzes.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
UPC:
0024543440703
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:12:00

Special Features

Fox Movietone News footage: Hollywood Spotlight and Life Can Be Crazy in Balmy Florida - Gin Rummy Helps!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche D'Artagnan
Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy Three Lackeys
Binnie Barnes Milady De Winter
Lionel Atwill De Rochefort
Pauline Moore Lady Constance
Gloria Stuart Queen Anne
Joseph Schildkraut Louis XIII
John Carradine Naveau
Miles Mander Cardinal Richelieu
Douglas Dumbrille Athos
Russell Hicks Porthos
Gregory Gaye Vitray
Lester Matthews Duke of Buckingham
Egon Brecher Landlord
Moroni Olsen Bailiff
Georges Renavent Capt. Fageon
Fredrik Vogeding Guard
John King Aramis
C. Montague Shaw Ship Captain

Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Dennis Editor
William A. Drake Screenwriter
Ray Golden Screenwriter
Raymond Griffith Producer
Sam Hellman Screenwriter
Sid Kuller Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
M.M. Musselman Screenwriter
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Three Musketeers
1. Main Titles [1:09]
2. The Young Gascon [3:23]
3. Dates for a Duel [2:14]
4. Chicken Soup [1:34]
5. Here's to King Louis [3:07]
6. The King's Edict [1:47]
7. Makeshift Musketeers [6:12]
8. Song of the Musketeers [1:11]
9. A Room for the Night [2:32]
10. The Queen's Secret [4:26]
11. Richelieu's Plan [3:18]
12. My Lady [4:00]
13. Milady De Winter [1:02]
14. On to Calais [5:46]
15. Menacing Milady [4:51]
16. Milady's "Escort" [1:55]
17. Counterfeit Coachmen [5:04]
18. My Lady (Reprise) [3:17]
19. Three Minstrels [1:19]
20. Find D'Artagnan! [4:07]
21. Runaway Coach [2:38]
22. The Queen's Hero [5:16]
23. Her Majesty's Brooch [:59]
24. New Musketeers/End Titles [1:19]

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