The Three Musketeers (1921) – Douglas Fairbanks

The Three Musketeers (1921) – Douglas Fairbanks

The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Douglas Fairbanks as d’Artagnan. The film originally had scenes filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the “Wyckoff-DeMille Process”).[2] The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask (1929), also starring Fairbanks as d’Artagnan and DeBrulier as Cardinal Richelieu.

The athletic Douglas Fairbanks’s one-handed handspring to grab a sword during a fight scene in this film is considered one of the great stunts of the early cinema period. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance enthuses, “The Three Musketeers was the first of the grand Fairbanks costume films, filled with exemplary production values and ornamentation. Indeed, one ornament extended beyond the film: Fairbanks wore d’Artagnan’s moustache—cultivated for The Three Musketeers—to the end of his life. With The Three Musketeers, he at last found his metier and crystallized his celebrity and his cinema.”[3]

Front row: Charles Stevens, Marguerite De La Motte, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford (guest), Sidney Franklin. Second row: Boyd Irwin, Nigel De Brulier, Mary MacLaren, Adolphe Menjou, Barbara La Marr, Thomas Holding. Back row: Lon Poff, Eugene Pallette, George Siegmann, Léon Bary, Willis Robards.

Cast
In opening credits order:
Adolphe Menjou as Louis XIII
Mary MacLaren as Anne of Austria
Nigel De Brulier as Cardinal Richelieu
Thomas Holding as Duke of Buckingham
Marguerite De La Motte as Constance Bonacieux
Willis Robards as Captain de Treville
Boyd Irwin as Comte de Rochefort
Barbara La Marr as Milady de Winter
Lon Poff as Father Joseph
Walt Whitman as d’Artagnan’s Father
Sidney Franklin as Bonacieux
Charles Belcher as Bernajoux
Charles Stevens as Planchet
Léon Bary as Athos
George Siegmann as Porthos
Eugene Pallette as Aramis
Douglas Fairbanks as d’Artagnan