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|The Three Musketeers |
Actors: Don Ameche, Gloria Stuart, Ritz Brothers, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill
Director: Allan Dwan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Singing his way into Paris, D'Artagnan (Don Ameche) joins up with three men he believes to be the King's Musketeers, but they are merely impostors who have borrowed the uniforms from their true owners. The quartet soon bec... more »
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JRJ | Modesto,Ca Usa | 03/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is really a spoof of The Three Musketeers.The Ritz Brothers are not my cup of tea.This version only follows the first half of the novel.The Ritz Brothers played lackeys.Douglas Dumbrille,Russell Hicks and John King played the Athos,Porthos and Aramis.Don Ameche did a good job as D'Artagnan.Binnie Barnes,Lionel Atwill and Miles Mander excellent in their parts Milady,Rochefort and Cardinal Richelieu.Gloria Stuart,Joseph Schildkraut,Lester Matthews ,Pauline Moore,John Carradine good in their supporting roles as Queen Anne,King Louis,Constance and Naveau Bernajoux the Cardinal's spy.Is this a faithful adaptation? No,but a good one.Alot of this version was copied from the 1935 version.The D'Artagnan abduction scene an example.Note to those who love this version Miles Mander who played Cardinal Richelieu in this version played King Louis in the more serious 1935 version.The Musketeers in this version like the 1935 were getting a little long in the tooth but the performances were good.If you really enjoyed this comical take on the classic then you would probably like the Disney 1993 version (which copied from the 1935 and 1939 versions) and two Mexican versions one with Cantinflas 1942 (not dubbed in English) and Tin Tan's 1957 version which plays on the Nostalgia Channel and is dubbed in English.The funny thing about Tin Tan's version is the costumery looks just like that of the 1948 Gene Kelly version and Milady de Winter looks like a redheaded Janet Leigh.So if you like spoofs of classics you will like this."
Handsome film with comedy. music, romance, and adventure
Scott MacGillivray | Massachusetts, USA | 12/14/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Relax, literature lovers: The Ritz Brothers DON'T have the title roles in this, their only costume picture. Gallant swordsman D'Artagnan (Don Ameche, in a fine performance) takes on all comers to protect the Queen. Large sets and a great cast of character players add to the atmosphere. Very well directed by Allan Dwan (who had staged Douglas Fairbanks swashbucklers). There's very little of the usual Ritz Brothers schtick in this, but they do have an athletic precision-dance routine. The video's print quality is excellent."
Good Story. Good Songs. Realism & Fun.
Reliable Reviews | Carmel Valley, California | 04/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
Realistic-adventure and slapstick-comedy normally do not mix, but here they do, because there is a good story, and the film is carefully balanced so the realism brings you right back to the story after limited comedy.
This film has a fitting hero, sword fights, a couple very good songs, a little romance, and surprisingly, some good comedy.
The Ritz brothers sometimes give that silly, cross-eyed, look, that Martin Short can do, that looks so silly, you just want to slap them for looking so silly This is a fun and lively film, yet with realism that makes you wonder, if it did not really happen that way. An excellent, charming, film.
Another great version of "The Three Musketeers" that you have never heard of is "At Sword's Point- 1952" with Alan Hale Jr., Cornell Wilde, and Maureen O'Hara.
One for all and all for The Ritz Brothers!
Ethan Duke | Las Vegas, NV | 09/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I do not understand why The Ritz Brothers are not better known. They could out-sing and out-dance most, if not all, other comedy teams. Sure their brand of humor is a matter of individual taste, but what humor isn't?
This is 72 minutes of unadulterated fun, partially faithful to Dumas' great novel, elaborately designed, wonderfully produced by Darryl Zanuck, and creatively directed by that ol' professional Allan Dwan. The supporting cast of Lional Atwill, John Carradine, Binnie Barnes, Gloria Stuart, Douglas Dumbrille, Miles Mander, etc. are superb, and more than support the dashing and vocally adept Don Ameche (okay, so he's no Allan Jones), and the hilarious Ritz Brothers. Yeah, they fit right in to my "matters of taste." Give them a try. 20th Century Fox needs to release more films on DVD of this wonderfully zany, incredibly talented trio."