|Lana Turner as the beautiful yet dangerous|
Countess de Winter
|Angela Lansbury as Queen Anne|
Did you know...
- Louis Hayward had originally shown interest in playing the role of d'Artagnan
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was rumoured to star as d'Artagnan
- William Powell was considered to play one of the three musketeers
- This is Lana Turner's first film in colour
- In order to appear as Lady de Winter, Lana Turner turned down a role in an unfinished film called 'Bedeviled'
- Deborah Kerr turned down the role of Constance
Hot from the success of 'The Pirate' (1948), MGM wasted no time in casting Gene Kelly in yet another swashbuckler. Although not a musical and no dancing, Kelly's strong dance training and athletic physique gives an agile yet graceful portrayal of d'Artagnan. An almost unrecognisable Frank Morgan does a great job as King Louis XIII, and Lana Turner plays the ultimate femme fatale.
While the film is best remembered for it's brilliant sword duel choreography, the photography and choreography of the duel along the water, reminds me very much of a duel from the Warner Bros. film 'Captain Blood' (1935) with Errol Flynn. Speaking of Flynn, I am surprised Warner Bros. had not already produced a version of 'The Three Musketeers' in the early 1940s, as I feel it would have been the perfect backdrop for yet another Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland film.
I have now seen the 1935, 1948, 1973 and 1993 film adaptations of 'The Three Musketeers', and of the four I would consider this to be the best and most entertaining version.