- Cast the Runner-Up:
- Creator Backlash:
- June Allyson (Constance) was uncomfortable in a period piece and tried to get out of it.
- Screenwriter Robert Ardrey was displeased with director George Sidney's irreverent approach to the story and objected to the spoof elements that were added to the film.
- Creator's Favorite Episode: This was Gene Kelly's favorite non-musical role.
- Dawson Casting: D'Artagnan is eighteen at the start of the story. Gene Kelly was 35.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Lana Turner had to lose weight for the film.
- Executive Meddling:
- Role Reprise: Ian Keith had also played Rochefort in the 1935 film.
- Throw It In!: When you see Milady crying, Lana Turner reportedly cried for real.
- Word of God: Although rumours said that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was in the running for the lead, Gene Kelly was announced as the star.
- What Could Have Been:
- Lana Turner initially backed out of the film, as she was too exhausted from shooting two others. She was allowed to at first but then got suspended by Louis B Mayer for doing so. Before she agreed to come back on board, Alida Valli was going to replace her.
- Deborah Kerr was offered the role of Constance, having just enjoyed her Star-Making Role Black Narcissus. She opted make Edward My Son instead, and June Allyson was cast.
- Robert Taylor, Ricardo Montalbán, and Sydney Greenstreet were originally cast as Athos, Aramis, and Richelieu.
Trivia / The Three Musketeers (1948)