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At Sword's Point(1952)

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The working title of this film was Sons of the Musketeers. According to a September 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, independent producer-director Walter Colmes purchased Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen's screen story for $25,000. In March 1947, Hollywood Reporter announced that Republic, a studio with which Colmes frequently co-produced pictures, had purchased the story. By October 1949, the story had been acquired by Jerrold T. Brandt, according to Hollywood Reporter. Long-time character actor Alan Hale, Sr., father of Alan Hale, Jr., who played "Porthos" in the picture, was borrowed from Warner Bros. for the role of "Porthos, Sr." but died on January 22, 1950 before completing the part. Moroni Olsen, who portrayed "Porthos" in RKO's 1935 film The Three Musketeers (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), replaced Hale, Sr. In late September 1950, Hollywood Reporter announced that Cornel Wilde was returning from England to star in added scenes. The exact dates of the added scenes have not been determined. According to modern sources, RKO producers Norman Krasna and Jerry Wald oversaw the retakes at the request of RKO head Howard Hughes. For information about other films featuring the "Musketeer" characters, see entry for the 1948 M-G-M picture The Three Musketeers in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.