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According to modern sources, the film was made by Thomas H. Ince for release through Mutual but was acquired by Triangle after Ince had helped to form the company. Circulating prints of the film bear the title The Three Musketeers and the company name of the Film Distributors League, which, according to a modern distributor, released the film onto the state rights market in a re-titled version in Nov 1920. No evidence of this 1920 release, however, has been found in contemporary sources. According to the same modern distributor, Triangle sued Douglas Fairbanks for copyright infringement when Douglas Fairbanks Productions released their version of The Three Musketeers , starring Fairbanks and directed by Fred Niblo, in 1921 through United Artists (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films,1921-30 ). Other films based on the same source and entitled The Three Musketeers include a 1935 RKO release directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Walter Abel; a 1939 Twentieth Century-Fox release, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Don Ameche (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ); a 1948 M-G-M release directed by George Sidney and starring Gene Kelly; a 1974 Twentieth Century-Fox release, directed by Richard Lester and starring Michael York; and a 1993 Disney release directed by Stephen Herek and starring Chris ... More Less

According to modern sources, the film was made by Thomas H. Ince for release through Mutual but was acquired by Triangle after Ince had helped to form the company. Circulating prints of the film bear the title The Three Musketeers and the company name of the Film Distributors League, which, according to a modern distributor, released the film onto the state rights market in a re-titled version in Nov 1920. No evidence of this 1920 release, however, has been found in contemporary sources. According to the same modern distributor, Triangle sued Douglas Fairbanks for copyright infringement when Douglas Fairbanks Productions released their version of The Three Musketeers , starring Fairbanks and directed by Fred Niblo, in 1921 through United Artists (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films,1921-30 ). Other films based on the same source and entitled The Three Musketeers include a 1935 RKO release directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Walter Abel; a 1939 Twentieth Century-Fox release, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Don Ameche (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ); a 1948 M-G-M release directed by George Sidney and starring Gene Kelly; a 1974 Twentieth Century-Fox release, directed by Richard Lester and starring Michael York; and a 1993 Disney release directed by Stephen Herek and starring Chris O'Donnell. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Nov 1915
p. 955.
Motog
5 Feb 1916
p. 318.
MPN
12 Feb 1916
p. 871.
MPW
2 Sep 1916
p. 1360.
NYDM
12 Feb 1916
p. 30.
Variety
4 Feb 1916
p. 24.
Wid's
10 Feb 1916.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
6 February 1916
Copyright Claimants:
Triangle Film Corp. Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Dates:
27 January 1916 6 February 1916
Copyright Numbers:
LU7513 LP10703
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Leaving his family in Gascony, young D'Artagnan travels to Paris and, through a series of misadventures, befriends the Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Anne of Austria, the seventeenth century Queen of France who far prefers England's Duke of Buckingham to her husband Louis XIII, presses D'Artagnan into her service through her personal maid Constance Bonacieux. Louis had given Anne some diamond shirt studs and she, in turn, presented them to Buckingham. The power hungry Cardinal Richelieu, eager to expose Anne's infidelity, convinces Louis to ask her to wear the studs at a royal ball. Anne tells D'Artagnan to travel to England, procure the studs and return to Paris before the ball. Fighting the cardinal's forces all the way, D'Artagnan returns just in time to give the studs back to the queen, and, therefore, foils Richelieu's plan of discrediting the ... +


Leaving his family in Gascony, young D'Artagnan travels to Paris and, through a series of misadventures, befriends the Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Anne of Austria, the seventeenth century Queen of France who far prefers England's Duke of Buckingham to her husband Louis XIII, presses D'Artagnan into her service through her personal maid Constance Bonacieux. Louis had given Anne some diamond shirt studs and she, in turn, presented them to Buckingham. The power hungry Cardinal Richelieu, eager to expose Anne's infidelity, convinces Louis to ask her to wear the studs at a royal ball. Anne tells D'Artagnan to travel to England, procure the studs and return to Paris before the ball. Fighting the cardinal's forces all the way, D'Artagnan returns just in time to give the studs back to the queen, and, therefore, foils Richelieu's plan of discrediting the monarchy. +

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