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Film / The Three Musketeers (1948)

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The Three Musketeers is a 1948 film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

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 Heroism: Felton never kills Buckingham and dies at Milady's hands.
  • Adaptational Job Change: This film always refers to Richelieu as the prime minister, and avoids mentioning his religious career.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Bonacieux is presented as a man sincerely concern for the safety of his goddaughter.
  • 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.
  • Adapted Out: Although the film sticks close to the text some plot elements were removed
    • Lord de Winter, Milady's brother in law and his subplot.
    • Felton's role in Buckingham's murder
    • Bonacieux's subplot as a spy for the Cardinal is cut.
    • The Executioner of Lille's specific vendetta against Milady
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Bonacieux only has one scene.
  • Evil Chancellor: Prime Minister Richelieu.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Sadly Constance fails to realize how vindictive Milady is...
  • Graceful Loser: Richelieu takes his defeat with good humor and allows the Musketeers to peacefully resign, even restoring Athos' estates and giving d'Artagan a diplomatic commission.
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  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Richelieu is doing what he thinks is best for France, including ordering the assassination of Buckingham to stop a bloody war.


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