At Sword's Point

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At Sword's Point
Directed by Lewis Allen
Produced by Jerrold T. Brandt
Written by Aubrey Wisberg
Jack Pollexfen
Starring Cornel Wilde
Maureen O'Hara
Music by Roy Webb
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by Samuel E. Beetley
Robert Golden
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • February 4, 1952 (1952-02-04) (US)[1]
Running time 81 min.
Country  United States
Language English

At Sword's Point is a 1952 American historical action film directed by Lewis Allen and starring Cornel Wilde and Maureen O'Hara. It was shot in Technicolor by RKO Radio Pictures. The film was completed in 1949, but was not released until 1952.

The Three Musketeers's offsprings of Aramis, Porthos, D'Artagnan and Claire, the daughter of Athos, are reunited by the ageing Queen Anne to halt the villainy of her treacherous nephew, the Duc de Lavalle.[2]

Plot[edit]

The sons (and a daughter) of the original Four Musketeers ride to the rescue of besieged Queen Anne in 1648 France.

D'Artagnan and his companions are alerted that the terminally ill Queen (Gladys Cooper) is being pressured by the evil Duc de Lavalle (Robert Douglas) into agreeing to a marriage with Princess Henriette (Nancy Gates). Too old (or dead) to respond, their sons (and one daughter) race to Court to help.

After much derring do - including episodes of imprisonment and betrayal, with a burgeoning love sub-plot between D'Artagnan Jr. and Claire, daughter of Athos (Maureen O'Hara) thrown in for good measure - they succeed.

Cast[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Porthos in At Sword's Point is played by Moroni Olsen, who played that character in his younger days in the 1935 film of the original Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers while Alan Hale Jr. plays the son of Porthos. His father, Alan Hale, Sr., appeared in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) as an aging Porthos.
  • In another Three Musketeers movie, The Fifth Musketeer (1979), which retells the story of The Man in the Iron Mask, two of the young Musketeers from At Sword's Point reappear in the roles of their own fathers: Cornel Wilde stars as D'Artagnan and Alan Hale Jr. as Porthos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At Sword's Point: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/at-swords-point-3194

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