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Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers) is a 1953 French swashbuckler film directed by André Hunebelle (Le Bossu, Le Capitan) and based, of course, on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The script was written by Michel Audiard (Les Tontons Flingueurs).

The cast included Georges Marchal as D'Artagnan, Jean Martinelli as Athos, Gino Cervi as Porthos, Jacques François as Aramis, Bourvil as Planchet, Yvonne Sanson as Milady de Winter, Danielle Godet as Constance Bonacieux, Renaud Mary as the Cardinal of Richelieu, Jean-Marc Tennberg as the Count of Rochefort, Marie Sabouret as Queen Anne of Austria and Louis Arbessier as Louis XIII.


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This version provides examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: At one point, Planchet says "We should create a union for house servants". The first unions were created in the mid-19th century.
  • Blatant Lies: D'Artagnan has a one-week stand with a woman at the beginning, then leaves and promises to come back. She doesn't buy it and indeed, he doesn't come back.
  • The Narrator: Actor Claude Dauphin narrates the film.
  • Same Language Dub: As with his role in Don Camillo, Italian actor Gino Cervi (Porthos) had to be dubbed in French, since he spoke French with an Italian accent that was too thick.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Planchet gets as much focus if not more than Athos, Porthos or Aramis in this version. It's because he was played by Bourvil, who was one of the most famous stars of French cinema back in the 1950s. He also got top billing and much more presence than the Three Musketeers themselves on the posters.
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