The Three Musketeers [DVD] 
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SYNOPSIS: To the cry of "all for one and one for all" comes a version of the Dumas classic that's fun for all - a rousing, swashbuckling adapation that was Gene Kelly's favourite among his non-musical movies. Kelly plays country lad D'Artagnan, who comes to Paris with heady ambition and finds his way into the ranks of King Louis XIII's musketeers. He swashes-and-buckles with brio, bringing to action scenes the virile athleticism that set him apart as a dancer in movie musicals. A top cast - Vincent Price as unctuous Cardinal Richlieu, Lana Turner as villainous Lady de Winter, June Allyson as Constance, Van Hefflin as Athos, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos and Frank Morgan and Angela Landbury as King Louis and Queen Anne - joins Kelly in this exuberant tale. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in its original COLOUR and FULL SCREEN format (1.37:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 120 minutes - the AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language and MONO (there are also a French dubbed soundtrack on the DVD) - SUBTITLES are in English and French (with hard-of-hearing subs for English language only) - SPECIAL FEATURES : Vintage FitzPatrick Traveltalk Short Looking at London * Classic Cartoon What Price Fleadom * Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Promo * Theatrical Trailer.
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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.
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 The 1921 version is ok, but the effects are outdated and if you like musicals it's worth watching the 1939 version.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.