The Three Musketeers

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Overview

The third talkie version of Dumas' The Three Musketeers, this splashy 1948 MGM adaptation is also the first version in Technicolor. Gene Kelly romps his way through the role of D'Artagnan, the upstart cadet who joins veteran Musketeers Athos Van Heflin, Porthos Gig Young and Aramis Robert Coote in their efforts to save their beloved Queen Anne Angela Lansbury from disgrace. They are aided in their efforts by the lovely and loyal Constance June Allyson, while the villainy is in the capable hands of Milady De ...
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Overview

The third talkie version of Dumas' The Three Musketeers, this splashy 1948 MGM adaptation is also the first version in Technicolor. Gene Kelly romps his way through the role of D'Artagnan, the upstart cadet who joins veteran Musketeers Athos Van Heflin, Porthos Gig Young and Aramis Robert Coote in their efforts to save their beloved Queen Anne Angela Lansbury from disgrace. They are aided in their efforts by the lovely and loyal Constance June Allyson, while the villainy is in the capable hands of Milady De Winter Lana Turner and Richelieu Vincent Price. Notice we don't say Cardinal Richelieu: anxious not to offend anyone, MGM removed the religious angle from the Cardinal's character. While early sound versions of Three Musketeers eliminated the deaths of Constance and Milady, this adaptation telescopes the novel's events to allow for these tragedies. True to form, MGM saw to it that Lana Turner, as Milady, was dressed to the nines and heavily bejeweled for her beheading sequence. Portions of the 1948 Three Musketeers, in black and white, showed up in the silent film-within-a-film in 1952's Singin' in the Rain, which of course also starred Gene Kelly.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
"He left Satan with an angel," Athos (Van Heflin) says of John Sutton's Buckingham two-thirds of the way through this fanciful Technicolor version of The Three Musketeers. The angel is of course June Allyson's demure Constance Bonacieux and the evil one a lusciously gowned Mylady de Winter, alias Lana Turner, and from that moment on M-G-M's rather lighthearted version of Alexandre Dumas's classic swashbuckler takes on a rather ominous tone. Reviewers and audiences alike have quibbled about the casting of this colorful mix of burlesque and melodrama ever since it was released back in 1948 but although Gene Kelly tries too hard at times and Miss Turner perhaps fails to sustain her glamorous mystique for the duration, The Three Msuketeers remains an outrageously entertaining yarn, the Southern California locales perfectly standing in for 17th Century France and England. With the nimble Kelly at the helm, the sword fights take on an almost operatic intensity and stunt riders take care of the rest. The end result is a classic swashbuckler in the finest sense of the word and certainly far superior to the otherwise much vaunted 1973 version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2007
  • EAN: 4897007030835
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Castaway Pictures
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,106

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly D'Artagnan
Lana Turner Milady Countess DeWinter
June Allyson Constance Bonacieux
Van Heflin Robert Athos
Angela Lansbury Queen Anne
Frank Morgan Louis XIII
Vincent Price Richelieu the Prime Minister
Keenan Wynn Planchet
John Sutton Duke of Buckingham
Gig Young Porthos
Reginald Owen De Treville
Ian Keith De Rochefort
Patricia Medina Kitty
Richard Stapley Albert
Kirk Alyn
Wilson Benge
Fred Coby
Robert Coote Aramis
William Edmunds Landlord
Byron Foulger Bonacieux
Sol (Saul) Gorss Jussac
Frank S. Hagney Executioner of Lyons
Alec Harford Valet
Arthur Hohl Dragon Rouge Host
John Holland Friend of Aramis
Norman Leavitt Mousqueton
Marie Windsor Dark-Eyed Lady-in-Waiting
Paul Maxey Major Domo
Francis McDonald Fisherman
Alberto Morin Bazin
Leonard Penn Musketeer
Gil Perkins Felton
William "Bill" Phillips Grimaud
Ruth Robinson Mother of D'Artagnan
Irene Seidner Landlord's Wife
Reginald Sheffield Subaltern
Dick Simmons Count DeWardes
Mickey Simpson Executioner
Tom Tyler Traveler
Robert Warwick D'Artagnan Sr.
Harry Wilson Kidnaper
Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Robert Ardrey Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
George Boemler Editor
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Henry W. Grace Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Kern Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Three Musketeers
1. Alliance of the Three Musketeers [20:56]
2. Becoming a Musketeer [18:52]
3. Save the Queen [19:47]
4. Two Men Broken Hearted [18:17]
5. War Between France and Endland [22:09]
6. The Vengeance [25:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Three Musketeers
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      Traditional Chinese
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    The best cast.

    While the other more-recent versions might have better filmography and more elaborate sets, you can't help enjoy watching Gene Kelly perform his own stunts in this version. The acting by the supporting cast is what pushes this version over the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    The Perfect interpretation

    This is the perfect interpretation of the Alexander Dumas' novel. Gene Kelly is a perfect example of an athletic D'Artagnan. Lana Turner and Vincent Price are perfect for the roles of Milady and Cardinal Richelieu.

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