16 May 2010 | ma-cortes
Spectacular swordplay in musical style that results to be a superior version of the classic Dumas novel
M-G-M presents Dumas' exciting story of love and adventure ,¨The three musketeers¨ . For the first time is adapted in the greatest Hollywood splendor , the complete romance , the historical characters, the full novel just as Alexandre Dumas write it . It is packed with comedy , derring-do , intrigue, a love story , action , drama and moving swordplay . An awesome casting and lavish production shot in Metro Goldwyn Studios make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler . This is the classic version of the Dumas's novel with a handsome Gene Kelly in a brave role as a young and handsome soldier of fortune , a dashing , audacious lover . This is a slight and high budgeted retelling about the durable Alexandre Dumas's novel with all-star-cast . This delightful adaptation based on Alexandro Dumas classic novel starts with the youngster D'Artagnan who arrives in Paris to find Mister Treville(Reginald Owen) , chief of Musketeers . But he meets three two-fisted Musketeers , Athos (Van Heflin) , a rollicking adventurer , fighting to live and living to love , Porthos (Gig Young) and Aramis (Robert Coote) . DÁrtagnan to be aware they are Musketeers and is invited to unite them in their objective to struggle against guards of Cardinal Richelieu , his deputy Rochefort (Ian Hunter) , and an astute secret agent named Milady De Winter (Lana Turner) who is lovely as a jewel , deadly as a dagger the wickedest woman in all Christendom . Meanwhile , D'Artagnan falls in love with a gorgeous young named Constance (June Allyson), daughter an innkeeper , she is a golden-haired beauty entangled in a web of treachery and intrigue . Furthermore , there is developed an intrigue between Luis XIII (Frank Morgan ) , Queen Anna of Austria (Angela Lansbury) , dazzling as her gilded palace for her , men dared a thousand perils , and Duke of Buckingham (John Sutton) ; and , of course ,the nasty Richelieu (Vincent Price) . The musketeers join forces for royal vengeance with the shout : ¨One for all and all for one¨.
It's a magnificent rendition from the immortal novel in big budget and breathtaking scenarios . The picture contains rousing action , intrigue , romantic adventure , mayhem and a lot of fencing . Entertaining swashbuckling with lavish production by Pandro S. Berman , glamorous gowns and luxurious sets by Oscar winning Cedric Gibbons . Sympathetic performances by main star cast and enjoyable secondary cast ; as the marvelous main actors are completed by stellar support cast full of classical and veteran players as Vicent Price , Reginald Owen , Keenan Wynn , Frank Morgan and several others . Colorful cinematography in the splendor of Technicolor by Robert Planck . Evocative musical score by Herbert Stothart based on Tchaikowski themes . Lush production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed at Hollywood . The motion picture was well realized by George Sidney (Scaramouche , that he subsequently made in similar style). This classy story is subsequently remade on several versions , firstly take on this classic turns out to be the following : 1921 silent version by Fred Niblo with Douglas Fairbanks . And going on 1935 adaptation by Rowland V. Lee with Walter Abel and Paul Lukas ; 1973 amusing version by Richard Lester with Michael York , Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch ; 1993 modern adaptation by Stephen Herek with Charlie Sheen , Kiefer Sutherland , Oliver Platt and Chris O'Donnell , and 2001 rendition by Peter Hyams with Justin Chambers , Mena Suvari and Tim Roth , among others. ¨The three Musketeers¨ is an outstanding and entertaining adaptation of the classy that will appeal to the costumer genre buffs and it results to be an excellent adaptation with big budget based on the classic tale .