~The Three Musketeers~
1916
Directed by: Charles Swickard

Written by:
J.G. Hawks (scenario)

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
~Cast~

Orrin Johnson ... D'Artagnan
Dorothy Dalton ... Queen Anne
Louise Glaum ... Miladi Winter
Harvey Clark ... Duke of Buckingham
Walt Whitman ... Cardinal Richelieu
Arthur Maude ... Count de Rochefort
George Fisher ... King Louis XIII
Rhea Mitchell ... Constance Bonacieux
Alfred Hollingsworth ... Athos (as A. Hollingsworth)
Edward Kenny ... Porthos
Claude N. Mortensen ... Aramis (as C.N. Mortensen)
J.P. Lockney ... Bonacieux
~Remaining Credits~

Production Companies:
Kay-Bee Pictures
New York Motion Picture

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Produced by: Thomas H. Ince
Music by: Wedgwood Nowell, Joseph Nurnberger & Victor Schertzinger
Cinematography by: Clyde De Vinna
Music Arranger: Joseph Nurnberger
Supervisor:
Thomas H. Ince

Length:
Runtime:
Released: February 6, 1916
~Plot Synopsis~
D'Artagnan was yet another version of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers, de-emphasizing
Athos, Porthos and Aramis and concentrating almost exlusively on the title character. Once he has
been accepted into the Musketeers, young D'Artagnan (Orrin Johnson) dedicates himself to
protecting France's Queen Anne (Dorothy Dalton) from the Machiavellian machinations of Cardinal
Richelieu (Walt Whitman). To do this, he must retrieve the Queen's necklace, evidence of her tryst
with the British Duke of Buckingham (Harvey Clark), from the beautiful but deadly Milady de Winter
(played by movie "vamp" Louise Glaum). Many sources credit the direction of D'Artagnan to Thomas
H. Ince, who only produced the film. Though somewhat prosaically produced, the film evidently
made a deep impression upon Douglas Fairbanks Sr., who used D'Artagnan as a blueprint for his own
1921 version of The Three Musketeers -- thereby prompting a plagiarism lawsuit from Thomas Ince
(who ultimately lost the case, due no doubt to his own predilection for "lifting" the creative ideas of
others).

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com