The Three Musketeers


1h 13m 1939

Brief Synopsis

A parodic remake of the story of the young Gascon D'Artagnan, who arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.

Film Details

Also Known As
One for All
Release Date
Feb 17, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les trois mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas, pére (Paris, 1844).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

On the road to Paris to join the King's musketeers, D'Artagnan of Gascony is insulted by fellow musketeers Aramis, Athos and Porthos. In response, D'Artagnan slanders the three musketeers and arranges for a duel at the Coq D'Or tavern. While awaiting D'Artagnan, the musketeers engage in a drinking match with three lackeys, who drink them under the table and then deck themselves in the musketeers' uniforms. Arriving at the tavern, D'Artagnan mistakes the lackeys for the musketeers, and before they can protest, the four are attacked by Cardinal Richelieu's guardsmen and join forces to defeat their attackers. That night, D'Artagnan takes a room at the inn and meets Lady Constance, who has accompanied the Queen to a lover's rendezvous with France's enemy, Lord Buckingham. As a token of love, the Queen presents an emerald brooch to Buckingham, an act observed by the innkeeper, Naveau, who reports to Richelieu. To prove the Queen's disloyalty, the cardinal plots to seize possession of the brooch and sends Milady De Winter and De Rochefort to steal the brooch from Buckingham. Upon discovering Richelieu's treachery, Constance pleads with D'Artagnan to recover the brooch, and he sets out with his three companions to the port of Calais, the gateway to England. There, he meets Milady De Winter, who, informed of D'Artagnan's mission, takes him captive. On the road back to Paris, however, Milady De Winter's coach breaks down at an inn, and the three lackeys are able to rescue D'Artagnan and the brooch. Learning that Constance is being held prisoner at the cardinal's country estate, D'Artagnan is about to leave to rescue his sweetheart when Milady De Winter arrives and denounces the foursome. Once again, the four escape with Constance and the brooch, hotly pursued by the cardinal's guards. Meanwhile, the Queen, who has been commanded to appear at a royal ball wearing her brooch, is about to make her entrance when Constance slips her the brooch, thus thwarting the Cardinal's plot.

Film Details

Also Known As
One for All
Release Date
Feb 17, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les trois mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas, pére (Paris, 1844).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

She's walking a post office.
- D'Artagnan

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this picture was One for All. According to a materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Libary, Amanda Duff was considered for the role of Constance and Nigel de Brulier that of Richelieu. A Hollywood Reporter production chart also included Duff in the cast. For more information on other versions of the Alexandre Dumas novel, listing for The Three Musketeers.