~A Modern Musketeer~
1917
Directed by: Allan Dwan

Written by:
Allan Dwan - photoplay

Based upon "D'Artagnan of Kansas" by E.P. Lyle Jr.
~Cast~

Douglas Fairbanks ... Ned Thacker / D'Artagnan
Marjorie Daw ... Elsie Dodge
Kathleen Kirkham ... Mrs. Dodge
Eugene Ormonde ... Forrest Vandeteer
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Thacker
Frank Campeau ... Chin-de-dah
Tully Marshall ... James Brown
Jim Mason ... Bandit (uncredited)
Zasu Pitts ... A Kansas Belle (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Indian (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Distribution Company: Artcraft Pictures Corporation

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks
Cinematography by: Hugh McClung & Harris Thorpe
Film Editing by: William Shea
Camera Operator: Victor Fleming
Assistant Cinematographer: Glen MacWilliams
Supervising Editor: Allan Dwan
General Manager: John Fairbanks
Fencing Instructor for Douglas Fairbanks: M. Harry Uttenhover
Fencing Advisor: H.J. Utterhore

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 68 Minutes
Released: December 30, 1917

Filmed at:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, USA
El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Jesse Lasky Studios - 6284 Selma Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
(studio)
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars as Ned Thacker, who is born during a Kansas cyclone (coincidentally the
same manner in which Fairbanks' real-life contemporary Buster Keaton came into the world!) and is
thus imbued with the spirit of adventure. Having been virtually weaned on Alexandre Dumas' novel
The Three Musketeers, Ned grows up dedicated to old-fashioned chivalry. Alas, his well-meaning
efforts to emulate his Musketeer idols nearly always backfire in a hilariously disastrous fashion.
Ultimately, however, he is afforded an opportunity to rescue heroine Dorothy Moran (Marjorie Daw)
in a true D'Artagnan-like manner. Unfortunately, only the first three reels of A Modern Musketeer
are known to exist. Happily, however, this fragment includes a delightful dream sequence in which
Fairbanks imagines himself to be a 16th-century swashbuckler -- a fascinating (and arguably more
enjoyable) precursor to his own 1921 screen version of The Three Musketeers.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com