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The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan. The film originally had scenes filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the "Wyckoff-DeMille Process").[2] The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask (1929), also starring Fairbanks as d'Artagnan and DeBrulier as Cardinal Richelieu.

The Three Musketeers
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Directed byFred Niblo
Produced byDouglas Fairbanks
Written byAlexandre Dumas (novel)
Edward Knoblock (adaptation)
Douglas Fairbanks
Lotta Woods (screenplay)
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Leon Bary
George Siegmann
Eugene Pallette
Boyd Irwin
Marguerite De La Motte
Music byLouis F. Gottschalk
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byNellie Mason
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 28, 1921 (1921-08-28)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles
Box office$1.5 million[1]



The athletic Douglas Fairbanks's one-handed handspring to grab a sword during a fight scene in this film is considered as one of the great stunts of the early cinema period. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance enthuses, "The Three Musketeers was the first of the grand Fairbanks costume films, filled with exemplary production values and ornamentation. Indeed, one ornament extended beyond the film: Fairbanks wore d'Artagnan's moustache—cultivated for The Three Musketeers—to the end of his life. With The Three Musketeers, he at last found his metier and crystallized his celebrity and his cinema."[3]



  1. ^ Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3. p42
  2. ^ "The Three Musketeers". Silent Era. Carl Bennett and the Silent Era Company. 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Vance, Jeffrey. Douglas Fairbanks (2008). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0520256675.

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