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The influence of Buster Keaton on Jackie Chan's brand of comedy-action stunt work is well documented, but looking at Gene Kelly's impressively energetic stunt work in George Sidney's lavish 1948 MGM version of The Three Musketeers it's clear that his viewing extended beyond the silent era. The sheer amount of vitality and imagination that goes into the first duel with Richelieu's men is absolutely astounding: it's almost like watching a vintage live-action Tom and Jerry cartoon. Unfortunately, while he shares Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s athleticism, he also shares his penchant for ham, particularly in the love scenes (this is the performance Kelly sends up mercilessly in Singin' in the Rain's The Duelling Cavalier), but he's never quite bad enough to throw the film of course. George Sidney, who had one of the best eyes for striking composition of any directors at MGM, makes sure it always looks good (this is from the days when Technicolor really was glorious), Herbert Stothart's rousing score carries it along with unashamed gusto (though it could have done without the Tchaikovsky for the love scenes) and there's a fine supporting cast - Van Heflin, Gig Young and Robert Coote round out the Musketeers, Angela Lansbury and Frank Morgan play the royalty, Lana Turner the femme fatale while Vincent Price provides superbly underplayed velvet villainy as Richelieu, beating Ernst Stavro Blofeld to the cat on the lap business by a good 19 years (though he opts for a tortoiseshell tabby rather than a Persian White). Great fun in a Christmas Day kind of way.

Warners' Region 1 NTSC DVD is quite a treat - a fine transfer with the theatrical trailer, brief radio promo, cartoon (though curiously 'What Price Fleadom?' instead of the obvious choice of Tom and Jerry's The Two Mouseketeers) and a vintage James Fitzpatrick travelog (curiously once again France doesn't get a look-in) that has some interesting but not always accurately identified colour footage of post-war London.
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on 31 August 2010
This is definitely the best version of the Alexandre Dumas classic novel. I think it's the best version because it's entertaining and it has great swordplay.
There were two versions before this one and it was the 1921 version with Douglas Fairbanks and a 1939 version with Don Ameche. The 1921 version is ok, but the effects are outdated and if you like musicals it's worth watching the 1939 version. The 1973 version with Micheal York is not very good and also the sequals are not so good either. But I did enjoy the 1993 version with Kiefer Sutherland and if you haven't seen it, it's worth watching.
There is a good cast in the 1948 version including Gene Kelly,Van Heflin and Lana Turner. Also this is surpossed to be Gene Kelly's favourite non Musical. Vincent Price also stars as the villain Richelieu, but he only appears on a few scenes which I found disappointing. I also thought the ending could have been a bit better because I was expecting to see more action. This version is mentioned on my top 25 swashbuckling movies and it is ranked number 18. The movie is directed by George Sidney who directed the classic swashbuckling drama Scaramouche 4 years later.
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on 9 February 2008
Far and away the best movie made of the French tale of noble minded courtier rebels doing everyone a favour by getting rid of a tyrant ruler. High spirited, atmospheric, with a good mix of derring do action and poignant dramatic moments, this is a roistering boys own kind of movie showing old Hollywood at its best. Gene Kelly shines as the brave and handsome, very athletic D'Artagnian who leads a righteous rebelion against a totally rotten and cruel government. No other version I've seen holds a light to this one.
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on 10 June 2015
A wonderful fun movie. I saw it when I was about 8 years old and was entranced, by the story and by Gene Kelly who has been one of my favourites ever since. Some months later I found a copy of the Dumas book in our house, and read it several times. When I was around 13, I read the complete long series and loved that too. I am now rereading the whole series and collecting all the best musketeer movies including this one and of course the recent delightful BBC TV series and notably the French movie D'Artagnan's Daughter, the brilliant fantasy version with Matthew McFaddyen, and the best (I think) of the Man in the Iron Mask movies - starring Jeremy Irons, Depardieu, Malkovic and others.

I don't rate this the best Musketeers movie ever and I can only give this movie 4 stars as I am disappointed with the casting of the actual three musketeers - none of them is as I now imagine them, nor is Kelly really as d'Artagnan, also the whole movie yes is immense fun but lacks some of the more serious aspects of the original book. On the other hand, I've never yet seen a version of the original story that really does follow the book except one in French that I have without English subtitles and even that isn't perfect! The pastiche versions are mostly better than the attempts to film the original story.

This Kelly version will do very well as the best English language version relating to the ORIGINAL STORY! It's well acted and presented even if the casting doesn't entirely please me. It's very popular and the star is much loved. I am just a bit too fussy probably to ever be totally satisfied by any version?
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on 21 April 2014
As a German I thought about buying the German edition. But many owners of the German edition criticize the allegedly poor quality of the dvd. For me enough reason to buy the English edition. Sound and image are good and I am satisfied with the English edition.
The typical style of a Hollywood movie is clearly visible. In particular in comparison with the French movie " Les trois mousquetaires " starring Gerard Barray and Mylene Demongeot and directed by Bernard Borderie ( 1961 ). But this does not mean this movie with Gene Kelly would be a bad one. On the contrary. In my opinion the movie with Gene Kelly and the mentioned French movie are the best musketeer movies. They both are much better than newer releases.
Pleasant and relaxing entertainment.
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on 7 February 2013
For me it is the best Musketeermovie ever.Great humor beatyfull seanes and a almost true to the story film. Thanks for that.
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on 21 November 2013
i really enjoyed watching this again after many years.this must rate along with the errol flynn version of robin hood
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on 26 December 2015
Arrived early, quality really good, brought back memories from years ago.
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on 9 November 2015
excellent Service, Quality Excellent, And Delivery Service Excellent
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on 28 January 2013
I have no hesitation in giving this 1948 masterpiece five stars.It would be the best of the musketeer movies.Lana Turner simply magnificent,with Gene Kelly,June Allyson,Van Heflin and Angela Lansbury all playing strong supporting roles.A must for all old and young movie lovers.
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