“The Three Musketeers” (1948)

One of my husband G. Grod’s favorite movies, the 1948 Three Musketeers with Gene Kelly as D’Artagnan, only recently joined our video library. We watched the beginning with 5yo Guppy and 7yo Drake; they loved the swordplay sequences. But we stopped at the end of the diamond studs sequence, as what follows with Milady DeWinter would be very, very hard to explain. And it was in that contrast of tone that I think the film foundered. Is it a jolly adventure, or a dark tale of murder and adultery? The beginning and end suggest the former, but much of the movie is about the latter.

A new adaptation is due out this year. The cast looks promising, the director, not so.

2 Responses to ““The Three Musketeers” (1948)”

  1. weirleader Says:

    Just showed the kids the 1993 version and while I’m sure there are many things wrong with it (it earned a dismal 29% on the TomatoMeter), it’s still fun based on our expectation of fun, silliness, action, and one-liners.

    Glad you pointed out the new one in the works… I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

  2. V Says:

    What, not a fan of the Charlie Sheen-Chris-O’Donnell-Kiefer-Sutherland-Oliver-Platt-Tim-Curray extravaganza from the 1990s? I saw it again a year or two ago, and it hasn’t held up well. Sort of like Sheen.