The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Director: George Sidney Cast: Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, June Allyson

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2007
UPC: 4897007030835
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Castaway Pictures
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 7,726

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
Vincent Price Richelieu the Prime Minister
Frank Morgan Louis XIII
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 Actor
Wilson Benge Actor
Fred Coby Actor
William Edmunds Landlord
Frank S. Hagney Executioner of Lyons
Alec Harford Valet
Arthur Hohl Dragon Rouge Host
John Holland Friend of Aramis
Norman Leavitt Mousqueton
Paul Maxey Major Domo
Francis McDonald Fisherman
Alberto Morin Bazin
Leonard Penn Musketeer
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
Robert Warwick D'Artagnan Sr.
Harry Wilson Kidnaper
Marie Windsor Dark-Eyed Lady-in-Waiting
Robert Coote Aramis
Byron Foulger Bonacieux
Gil Perkins Felton
Tom Tyler Traveler
Sol (Saul) Gorss Jussac

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

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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The Three Musketeers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.