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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers(1935)

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This film marked the screen debuts of Walter Abel and Rosamond Pinchot. Pinchot was the daughter of former Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot. According to Hollywood Reporter 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. Hollywood Reporter 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 September 1935, Hollywood Reporter 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 Hollywood Reporter 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.