The Three Musketeers (1933 serial)
|The Three Musketeers|
The Three Musketeers title sequence screenshot
|Produced by||Nat Levine|
|Music by||Lee Zahler|
|Edited by||Ray Snyder|
|Distributed by||Mascot Pictures|
|12 chapters (210 min), film (96 min)|
The Three Musketeers is a 1933 American Pre-Code film serial produced by Mascot Pictures which updates Dumas' The Three Musketeers by setting the story in contemporary North Africa. The Musketeers are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion, and D'Artagnan (renamed Lt. Tom Wayne and played by John Wayne), is a pilot in the United States military. The supporting cast features Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman, Jr., Lon Chaney, Jr. and Noah Beery, Jr.. The serial is in the public domain. In 1946 Republic Pictures edited the serial into a feature film called Desert Command.
When Lt. Wayne is framed for the murder of his fiancé's brother, Armand Corday (Lon Chaney, Jr.), he vows to capture the real killer, a mysterious Arab terrorist known only as El Shaitan. He is aided by the Three Musketeers: Clancy (an Irishman always spoiling for a fight), Renard, and Schmidt (who loves sausages). Nicknamed the "Devil of the Desert", El Shaitan leads a desert cult and a secret society against French authorities, with a meeting point called Devil's Circle. He remains a shadowy figure, hiding his face and his true identity, as a result of which many people are mistakenly suspected of being El Shaitan, while other characters impersonate him for their own ends.
- Jack Mulhall as Clancy
- Raymond Hatton as Renard
- Francis X. Bushman, Jr. (Ralph Bushman) as Schmidt
- John Wayne as Tom Wayne
- Ruth Hall as Elaine Corday
- Creighton Chaney (Lon Chaney, Jr.) as Armand Corday
- Hooper Atchley as El Kadur
- Gordon de Main as Colonel Duval
- Robert Frazer as Major Booth and El Shaitan, leader of The Devil's Circle, whose main objective is to destroy the French Foreign Legion. Frazer played both El Shaitan and Major Booth but El Shaitan's real identity turned out to be one of the other suspects. Cline considers this "all quite confusing."
- Noah Beery, Jr. as Noah Stubbs
- Al Ferguson as Ali
- Edward Peil, Sr. as Ratkin
- William Desmond as Captain Boncour
- George Magrill as El Maghreb
- Robert Warwick as Colonle Brent
The Three Musketeers was loosely adapted from the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père and updated to a contemporary time period. The Three Musketeers are legionnaires in the French Foreign Legion: Clancy (Irish), Renard (French) and Schmidt (German). The D'Artagnan character is Tom Wayne, an American aviator played by John Wayne, who rescues the three from attacking Arabs while flying over the desert.
- The Fiery Circle
- One for All and All for One
- The Master Spy
- Pirates of the Desert
- Rebels' Rifles
- Death's Marathon
- Naked Steel
- The Master Strikes
- The Fatal Cave
- The Measure of a Man
- The Glory of Comrades
- John Wayne filmography
- List of film serials
- List of film serials by studio
- List of films in the public domain
- Desert Command profile, imdb.com; accessed August 4, 2015.
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