In the prologue the four musketeers stand in a framing device, as a medieval stage booth, and D'Artagnan steps forward and speaks to the audience, then steps back and resumes his position with the other three, who remained motionless; after the mid-point intermission, the same situation is repeated, with D'Artagnan speaking again to the audience, finishing with the words, "once more, once more . . . ", after which the film resumes with the title card "20 years later". These were the first lines of dialogue ever spoken on film by Douglas Fairbanks, in his last silent film.
Come on! There is greater adventure beyond.
The iron-masked King languishes in his tower prison and notices a fisherman in the sea below. He quickly scratches a message on a pewter platter and tosses it out of the window to the rocks below. The fisherman picks up the place and READS the message - at that time in history the (oppressed) French working class were illiterate.
The 1975 television broadcast (cut to 87 minutes), removed the intertitles and a few scenes, and substituted the soundtrack with an original piano score by William J. Perry. This version was the closing film in the TV series "The Silent Years", hosted by Lillian Gish, and was distributed by Blackhawk Films in video in the 1980s.