The Three Musketeers (1939 film)

The Three Musketeers is a 1939 musical comedy film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel The Three Musketeers directed by Alan Dwan and starring Don Ameche as d'Artagnan, with the Ritz Brothers as his cowardly helpers.

The Three Musketeers
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Directed byAlan Dwan
Produced byRaymond Griffith (associate producer)
Screenplay byWilliam A. Drake
M. M. Musselman
Sam Hellman
Ray Golden (special material)
Sid Kuller (special material)
Based onThe Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
StarringDon Ameche
The Ritz Brothers
Music byDavid Buttolph
Samuel Pokrass
CinematographyPeverell Marley
Edited byJack Dennis
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 17, 1939 (1939-02-17)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States



Frank Nugent, critic for New York Times, wrote, "That isn't a buzzing in your ears you've been hearing; it's Dumas, fils, spinning in his grave as the Ritz Brothers play his 'Three Musketeers' ... It seems ironic that Mr. Zanuck's first attempt to deal reverently with a classic—in every respect but the Ritzes' share in it—should be impeded by its very reverence to the classic. The trouble, it appears, is that his burlesques are too serious and that his serious efforts are too often burlesques."[1]

In the Leave it to Beaver episode, "The Book Report" (1963), young Beaver Cleaver gets in trouble at school when he is assigned to write a book report about the Dumas novel, but instead of actually doing his homework and reading it, just watches the movie on television and bases his report on the film's comedic scenes and Ritz Brothers' zany antics.


  1. ^ Frank S. Nugent (February 18, 1939). "The Screen; Dumas's 'Three Musketeers' Falls Afoul the Ritzes at the Roxy--'Off the Record' at the Strand". The New York Times.

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