At Sword's Point (1952)

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    aka The Sons of the Musketeers



    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    France, 1648: Richelieu and Louis XIII are dead, the new king is a minor,
    and the Duc de Lavalle is in virtually open rebellion, scheming to seize power.
    As a last resort, Queen Anne summons the heirs of the original Musketeers
    to her aid...including Claire, daughter of Athos,
    who when she chooses can miraculously pass as a boy,
    and wields as fine a sword as any. All their skills will be needed
    for a battle against increasing odds. One for all and all for one!
    Written by Rod Crawford

    Full Cast
    Cornel Wilde .... D'Artagnan
    Maureen O'Hara .... Claire
    Robert Douglas .... Duc de Lavalle
    Gladys Cooper .... Queen Anne
    June Clayworth .... Comtesse Claudine
    Dan O'Herlihy .... Aramis
    Alan Hale Jr. .... Porthos
    Blanche Yurka .... Madame Michom
    Nancy Gates .... Princess Henriette
    Edmund Breon .... Queen's Chamberlain
    Peter Miles .... Young Louis XIV
    George Petrie .... Chalais
    Moroni Olsen .... Old Porthos
    Eric Alden .... (uncredited)
    Gregg Barton .... Regent's Guardman at Fallen Tree (uncredited)
    Albert Cavens .... Claire's Fencing Instructor (uncredited)
    Tristram Coffin .... Regent's Guardman at Fallen Tree (uncredited)
    Ned Davenport .... (uncredited)
    Boyd Davis .... Dr. Fernand (uncredited)
    Julia Dean .... Madame D'Artagnan (uncredited)
    Claude Dunkin .... Pierre (uncredited)
    Holmes Herbert .... Mallard (uncredited)
    Ed Hinton .... (uncredited)
    Fred Kohler Jr. .... (uncredited)
    Lucien Littlefield .... Cpl. Gautier (uncredited)
    Gregory Marshall .... Henrique (uncredited)
    Mickey McCardle .... (uncredited)
    Keith McConnell .... (uncredited)
    Patrick O'Moore .... Monk (uncredited)
    Reginald Sheffield .... Cardinal (uncredited)
    Philip Van Zandt .... Jacques, Regent's Guardsman (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Alexandre Dumas père (novel 20 ans après) uncredited
    Aubrey Wisberg (story) and
    Jack Pollexfen (story)
    Walter Ferris (screenplay) &
    Joseph Hoffman (screenplay)

    Jerrold T. Brandt .... producer
    Sid Rogell .... executive producer

    Ray Rennahan

    Alan Hale Jr. plays the son of Porthos here. His father, Alan Hale, appeared in The Man in the Iron Mask as an aging Porthos. When that film was remade as The Fifth Musketeer, that role was taken by Alan Hale Jr.. In that same movie the role of an aging D'Artagnan was played by Cornel Wilde, this picture's son of D'Artagnan. Also here, the elderly Porthos is played by Moroni Olsen, who played that character in his younger days in the film of the original Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers.

    Completed in 1950, but not released until 1952.


    Factual errors: The opening narration mentions the year 1648, implying that Cardinal Richelieu died then, and the loss of his "strong hand holding the country together" was the beginning a period of great instability in France that led to the events depicted in this film. However, he passed away in 1642, leaving 1648 to be interpreted as the year this story takes place. The problem with that is the fact that Queen Anne, whose own death is indicated here, died in 1666 when son Louis XIV was 27 years old and long since reigning on his own, not the prepubescent boy for whom she acted as regent seen here. Said regency ended in 1651, not 1648.

    Continuity: When D'Artagnan meets Aramis, Aramis is with a girl. When D'Artagnan kisses the girl, the background is an obvious backdrop for it does not match the background in the long shot. The types of trees are different and the river is missing.

    Incorrectly regarded as goofs: As Cornel Wilde chops wood in his first scene, there is a "THWACK" sound effect for each chop. Then, when he throws down the ax onto the grassy ground, the "THWACK" effect is used again. However, there is another fallen tree just beyond the one he is chopping on, and the ax could very easily have landed on it, creating a similar blade/wood impact for which the same sound effect would be appropriate.

    Anachronisms: As with all movies made at the time of this one, the weapons used were epees, not the historically correct rapiers. This is particularly notable given the cutting for presentation on television.

    Continuity: SPOILER: During the assembly of the sons of Musketeers in the scenes of men riding through the woods, they men wear green and carry bows (a la Robin Hood movies), neither of these is seen in later shots. Presumably, footage was used from other movies.

    Memorable Quotes

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • At Sword's Point is a 1952 Technicolor Drama directed by Lewis Allen,
    starring Cornel Wilde and Maureen O'Hara.
    The film was completed in 1949, but was not released until 1952.
    The Three Musketeers's offsprings of Aramis, Porthos, D'Artagnan
    and Claire, the daughter of Athos, are reunited by the ageing
    Queen Anne to halt the villainy of her treacherous nephew, the Duc de Lavalle.

    Another great swashbuckling story,
    with Maureen at her swashbuckling best,
    proving what a great swashbuckling,
    swordsperson she was!
    A great spoof of adventure!,

    User Review

    Author: ironside
    Is "At Sword's Point," a great adventure film?

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • :wink_smile:

    For his first film swashbuckling, Maureen performs her own stunts and, after long workouts, arrives to surprise the director with his sword fights conducted masterfully ...

    A short video

    and the Original trailer

    Good reading!

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

    Edited 2 times, last by Romy ().

  • .................. pictures from the film ..............

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

    Edited 2 times, last by Romy ().