It stars Gene Kelly as D'Artagnan, Van Helfin, Gig Young and Robert Coote as the three Musketeers, Vincent Price as the villainous Prime Minister Richelieu, and Lana Turner as Lady de Winter, with Frank Morgan and Angela Lansbury as King Louis XIII and Queen Anne.
This film contains examples of:
- Adaptational Job Change: This film always refers to Richelieu as the prime minister, and avoids mentioning his religious career.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the novel, D'Artagnan's love interest Constance is (unhappily) married to his landlord. In this film, she is the landlord's unmarried goddaughter instead.
- Chandelier Swing: D'Artagnan does a chandelier swing during a fight scene.
- Combat Parkour: Gene Kelley gets to show off his agility
- Curb-Stomp Battle: D'Artagnan completely dominates Jussac in a Humiliation Conga lasting several minutes. Jussac fares slightly better in their second encounter, but does not survive.
- Evil Chancellor: Prime Minister Richelieu.
- Mood Whiplash: Most of the film has a very comedic tone, but then the third act comes...
- Pass the Popcorn: Athos stops Porthos and Aramis from interfering D'Artagnan's "duel" with Jussac just so they can sit back and enjoy.Athos: "Gentleman! No, come watch."
- Right-Hand Cat: Richelieu, the Evil Chancellor plotting to destroy both the Queen and the Musketeers, has a cat that he holds and pets.