~The Three Musketeers~
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks' longest and most elaborate production up to 1921, The Three Musketeers was
Fairbanks' first full-blown costume adventure (his modestly produced 1920 The Mark of Zorro was
regarded as an extension of his breezy contemporary comedies). Fairbanks assumes the leading role of
D'Artagnan, who after challenging musketeers Athos (Leon Barry), Porthos (George Siegmann) and
Aramis (Eugene Pallette--yes, Eugene Pallette) to a duel, joins forces with them in opposition of the
scheming Cardinal Richelieu(Nigel De Brulier). Plotting to discredit Queen Anne (Mary McLaren) in the
eyes of her husband King Louis XIII (Adolphe Menjou) Richelieu dispatches Milady de Winter (Barbara La
Marr) to pilfer the diamond brooch given by Anne to her British lover, the Duke of Buckingham (Thomas
Holding). With the help of the lovely Constance (Marguerite de la Motte) D'Artagnan and the Musketeers
race against time to retrieve the brooch and save their Queen. The film ends with D'Artagnan emerging
victorious, a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips; the actual, darker denouement of Dumas' original
Three Musketeers would be dramatized in the opening reels of Douglas Fairbanks' valedictory silent film,
The Iron Mask (1929).

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Fred Niblo

Written by:
Douglas Fairbanks - writer
Edward Knoblock - adaptation
Lotta Woods - writer

Based on the novel "Les trois mousquetaires," by Alexandre Dumas père

Douglas Fairbanks ...  D'Artagnan
Léon Bary ...  Athos (as Leon Barry)
George Siegmann ...  Porthos
Eugene Pallette ...  Aramis
Boyd Irwin ...  Comte de Rochefort
Thomas Holding ...  Duke of Buckingham
Sidney Franklin ...  Monsieur Bonacieux
Charles Stevens ...  Planchet
Nigel De Brulier ...  Cardinal Richelieu
Willis Robards ...  Captain de Treville
Lon Poff ...  Father Joseph
Mary MacLaren ...  Queen Anne of Austria
Marguerite De La Motte ...  Constance Bonacieux
Barbara La Marr ...  Milady de Winter
Walt Whitman ...  D'Artagnan's Father
Adolphe Menjou ...  Louis XIII
Charles Belcher ...  Bernajoux
Janet Chandler ...  Child (uncredited)
Dorothy Dorr ...  Noblewoman with Mask (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ...  Boy (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Released by: United Artists

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks
Music by: Louis F. Gottschalk
Cinematography by: Arthur Edeson
Art Direction by: Edward M. Langley
Costume Design by: Paul Burns
Makeup Artist: George Westmore
Second Director: Doran Cox
Master of Properties: Harry Edwards
Sculptor: Willie Hopkins
Stunts: Richard Talmadge
Electrician: Albert Wayne
Technical Director: Frank England
Fencing Instructor: H.J. Utterhore
Presented by:
Douglas Fairbanks

Length: 12 Reels
Runtime: 119 Minutes
Released: August 28, 1921

Filmed at:
Raleigh Studios - 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA