The Three Musketeers (1933)

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    • The Three Musketeers (1933)

      THE THREE MUSKETEERS

      Re titled, re-edited and re-released in 1946 as a feature,
      Desert Command (1946).

      DIRECTED BY ARMAND SCHAEFER/COLBERT CLARK
      PRODUCED BY NAT LEVINE
      MASCOT PICTURES


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert
      and they join him in going after El Shasta, a bad guy who is never seen
      as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion.
      Summary written by Ed Stephan

      Full Cast
      Jack Mulhall .... Clancy
      Raymond Hatton .... Renard
      Ralph Bushman .... Schmidt (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
      John Wayne .... Lt. Tom Wayne
      Ruth Hall .... Elaine Corday
      Lon Chaney Jr. .... Lt. Armand Corday [Chs. 1, 10] (as Creighton Chaney)
      Hooper Atchley .... El Kadur
      Gordon De Main .... Col. Duval
      Robert Frazer .... Major Booth, USA
      Noah Beery Jr. .... Noah Stubbs [Chs. 1-2, 10]
      Al Ferguson .... Ali
      Edward Peil Sr. .... Ratkin (as Edward Piel)
      William Desmond .... Capt. Boncour
      George Magrill .... El Maghreb
      Robert Warwick .... Col. Brent, USA [Ch. 1]
      Yakima Canutt .... El Shaitan, when masked/Legion Officer [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
      Emile Chautard .... Gen. Pelletier [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
      Ken Cooper .... Arab (uncredited)
      Frank Ellis .... Legionnaire (uncredited)
      Rodney Hildebrand .... Col. Demoyne [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
      Wilfred Lucas .... El Shaitan (voice) (uncredited)
      Kermit Maynard .... Legionnaire (uncredited)
      Merrill McCormick .... Ben Yosif [Chs. 5, 7] (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Ella Arnold
      Colbert Clark
      Bennett Cohen (as Ben Cohen)
      Alexandre Dumas père story
      Wyndham Gittens
      Norman S. Hall (as Norman Hall)

      Original Music
      Lee Zahler (uncredited)

      Cinematography
      Tom Galligan
      Ernest Miller
      Edgar Lyons

      Stunts
      Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
      George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
      Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)

      Trivia
      Chapter Titles: - 1. The Fiery Circle -
      2. One For All, All For One -
      3. The Master Spy -
      4. Pirates of the Desert -
      5. Rebel Rifles -
      6. Death's Marathon -
      7. Naked Steel -
      8. The Master Strikes -
      9. The Fatal Cave -
      10.Trapped! -
      11.The Measure of a Man -
      12.The Value of Comrades

      Retitled, re-edited and re-released in 1946 as a feature, Desert Command (1946).

      Filming Locations
      Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon,
      Buttercup Valley, Arizona, USA
      Imperial County, California, USA
      Yuma, Arizona, USA

      Watch the Full Serial:-

      The Three Musketeers (1932) - 12 Chapters
      Chapter 1
      Chapter 2
      Chapter 3
      Chapter 4
      Chapter 5
      Chapter 6
      Chapter 7
      Chapter 8
      Chapter 9
      Chapter 10
      Chapter 11
      Chapter 12
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 12 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Three Musketeers is a 1933 film serial produced by Mascot Pictures
      which updates Dumas' The Three Musketeers
      by setting the story in contemporary North Africa.
      The Musketeers are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion,
      and D'Artagnan (renamed Lt. Tom Wayne and played by John Wayne),
      is a pilot in the United States military.

      The serial is in the public domain.

      In 1946 Republic Pictures edited the serial into a feature film called Desert Command

      This was Duke's 3rd. and final series for Mascot
      where he plays, strangely enough, a pilot called Tom WAYNE!

      The series was 12 chapters, lasting three and a half hours.

      Duke's leading lady was Ruth Hall, he made a few films with her,
      while Frances X.Bushman Jr. and Noah Beery Jr, were in support.

      User Reviews
      Author: C.K. Dexter Haven from BC.From IMdb

      An old creaker of a 12 chapter Foreign Legion serial actually puts John Wayne in the forefront of the action despite having him appear only fourth in the credits. The production standards of course were nothing to write home about then and are certainly slapdash now but the action has some nifty inventive moments and it was all shot on location which was a big plus. The good natured comraderie between the "musketeers" was definitely used as a prototype for Gunga Din, made six years later by RKO. Some notable appearances by Noah Beery Jr, Lon Chaney and Yakima Canutt will interest film historians and the adventure is entertaining enough even if you can't get through all the chapters in one sitting. Not the greatest old-time serial ever made I'm sure but I'll watch John Wayne in anything and the DVD was worth the purchase.


      B.Smith from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.From IMDb

      The Three Musketeers" was the third and final serial made by John Wayne
      for producer Nat Levine's Mascot Pictures. Oddly enough for Wayne,
      who made mostly westerns during this period, none of the three serials are westerns. In fact, in all three, he plays a pilot.
      The story takes place somewhere in an Arab country where three members
      of the French Foreign Legion are the only survivors of an attack by Arabs.
      The three, Clancy (Jack Mulhall), Renard (Raymond Hatton) and
      Schmidt (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) are rescued from certain death by Tom Wayne (John Wayne), an American pilot.
      The three legionnaires dub themselves "The Three Musketeers" (you know: "One for all, and all for one") and Wayne their "D'Artagnan.
      A mysterious masked figure known as El Shaitan plots a rebellion against the Legion.
      Wayne is framed for the murder of his friend Armand Corday (Creighton Chaney) and spends
      the rest of the story trying to prove his innocence while at the same time attempting to learn the identity of El Shaitan.
      Wayne is aided by the Musketeers and Corday's sister Elaine (Ruth Hall).
      There are of course several suspected "El Shaitans" over the course of the 12 chapters.
      Among the suspects are Col. Duval (Gordon De Main), the company commander,
      El Kador (Hooper Atchely) and others. Of course we don't learn the identity of the villain until the last chapter.
      As in most of the Mascot serials, there is plenty of action, perilous situations and lots of racing around.
      I found that this serial had far too many flashback sequences and predictable situations.
      In its favor, it had Yakima Canutt doing most of the stunts and (shudder) even taking a small speaking part.
      Look closely for Kermit Maynard and I'm sure I saw Wally West (aka Hal Taliaferro) as other legionaires.
      Noah Beery Jr. appears briefly as Wayne's pal Stubbs.
      Creigton Chaney is of course better known as Lon Chaney Jr. a name he would adopt in 1935
      and use for the rest of his 40 year career.
      For John Wayne, he would soon move on to his Lone Star western series and would not appear in another serial.
      Another step in Dukes career
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: The Three Musketeers (1933)

      Great photos. Never watched this one. The links at the forum don't work for me, not single one of them. I founded some full Duke's early movies on YouTube and while travelling recently watched them in the evenings at the hotel. It is great that so many of them are on You Tube too.
    • Re: The Three Musketeers (1933)

      Yes, Keith, I thought that myself, since neither one of them allows access...
      But I'm now trying to do my ouwn seach in YouTube and recently watched many new movies to me. In past years I've collected almost all Duke movies on DVD but from his after Stagecoach period. Also of course I have these Lone Star Westerns, but now to discover these other early movies is such a fun for me.
    • Re: The Three Musketeers (1933)

      Senta wrote:

      Yes, Keith, I thought that myself, since neither one of them allows access...
      But I'm now trying to do my ouwn seach in YouTube and recently watched many new movies to me. In past years I've collected almost all Duke movies on DVD but from his after Stagecoach period. Also of course I have these Lone Star Westerns, but now to discover these other early movies is such a fun for me.


      Vera,

      These movies are posted here

      archive.org

      Try again through this general link to the site
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England