The Three Musketeers (1935)

93 or 96-97 mins | Adventure | 1 November 1935

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Cinematographer:

Peverell Marley

Editor:

George Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

This film marked the screen debuts of Walter Abel and Rosamond Pinchot. Pinchot was the daughter of former Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot. According to HR news items, John Cromwell was first slated to direct the picture, and Francis Lederer was originally assigned to the role of D'Artagnan. Although credited on screen with dancing arrangements, Fred Cavens instructed the actors in fencing, according to various contemporary sources. HR production charts add Henry Mowbray, Lionel Belmore and Mary McLaren to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In Sep 1935, HR announced that retakes were being filmed at RKO's "40-acre" ranch. The projected budget of the film was $1,000,000; however, according to a HR news item, the picture was completed under schedule and under budget.
       Modern sources state that Lucille Ball appeared as an extra in the production. Among the many other film versions of Dumas' story are the 1914 Film Attractions Co. production, directed by Charles V. Henkel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4457); the 1921 Douglas Fairbanks production, directed by Fred Niblo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5665); M-G-M's 1948 version, directed by George Sidney and starring Gene Kelly; and Richard Lester's 1974 Twentieth Century-Fox production starring Michael ... More Less

This film marked the screen debuts of Walter Abel and Rosamond Pinchot. Pinchot was the daughter of former Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot. According to HR news items, John Cromwell was first slated to direct the picture, and Francis Lederer was originally assigned to the role of D'Artagnan. Although credited on screen with dancing arrangements, Fred Cavens instructed the actors in fencing, according to various contemporary sources. HR production charts add Henry Mowbray, Lionel Belmore and Mary McLaren to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In Sep 1935, HR announced that retakes were being filmed at RKO's "40-acre" ranch. The projected budget of the film was $1,000,000; however, according to a HR news item, the picture was completed under schedule and under budget.
       Modern sources state that Lucille Ball appeared as an extra in the production. Among the many other film versions of Dumas' story are the 1914 Film Attractions Co. production, directed by Charles V. Henkel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4457); the 1921 Douglas Fairbanks production, directed by Fred Niblo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5665); M-G-M's 1948 version, directed by George Sidney and starring Gene Kelly; and Richard Lester's 1974 Twentieth Century-Fox production starring Michael York. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Oct 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 34
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 35
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 35
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Oct 35
p. 40.
New York Times
1 Nov 35
p. 25.
Variety
6 Nov 35
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Chase scenes dir by
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Prod assoc
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dance arr
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Les trois mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas, père (Paris, 1844).
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 November 1935
Production Date:
mid June--31 August 1935
retakes began early September 1935
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5938
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93 or 96-97
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1266
SYNOPSIS

Newly arrived in Paris, young, eager D'Artagnan of Gascony seeks out his godfather, Captain de Treville, the commander of King Louis XIII's loyal defenders, the Musketeers, and expresses his desire to join their ranks. After cockily challenging Aramis, Athos and Porthos, the infamous Three Musketeers, to separate duels, D'Artagnan is set upon by Cardinal Richelieu's vicious guards and, fighting them off, wins the respect of the Musketeers. With the Three Musketeers' help, D'Artagnan finds first a servant named Planchet and then lodging in the house of the beautiful Constance, lady in waiting to Queen Anne. The aspiring Musketeer becomes entangled in the queen's platonic affair with the Duke of Buckingham, swearing to protect her against the traitorous intrigues of the usurping Duc de Rochefort. When de Rochefort discovers that the queen has given her valuable diamond brooch to Buckingham as a peace token, he suggests to the king that the queen be asked to wear the jewels at the king's anniversary celebration. The Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan undertake to retrieve the brooch in London before the ball, and are almost stopped by de Rochefort and his murderous accomplice, Lady de Winter. After chases, escapes and intense duelling, the brooch is returned to the queen in time to thwart de Rochefort's plot, and D'Artagnan is officially declared a full-fledged ... +


Newly arrived in Paris, young, eager D'Artagnan of Gascony seeks out his godfather, Captain de Treville, the commander of King Louis XIII's loyal defenders, the Musketeers, and expresses his desire to join their ranks. After cockily challenging Aramis, Athos and Porthos, the infamous Three Musketeers, to separate duels, D'Artagnan is set upon by Cardinal Richelieu's vicious guards and, fighting them off, wins the respect of the Musketeers. With the Three Musketeers' help, D'Artagnan finds first a servant named Planchet and then lodging in the house of the beautiful Constance, lady in waiting to Queen Anne. The aspiring Musketeer becomes entangled in the queen's platonic affair with the Duke of Buckingham, swearing to protect her against the traitorous intrigues of the usurping Duc de Rochefort. When de Rochefort discovers that the queen has given her valuable diamond brooch to Buckingham as a peace token, he suggests to the king that the queen be asked to wear the jewels at the king's anniversary celebration. The Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan undertake to retrieve the brooch in London before the ball, and are almost stopped by de Rochefort and his murderous accomplice, Lady de Winter. After chases, escapes and intense duelling, the brooch is returned to the queen in time to thwart de Rochefort's plot, and D'Artagnan is officially declared a full-fledged Musketeer. +

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