The Three Musketeers (1921)


The Three Musketeers (1921)

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.
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Director Fred Niblo
Writer Alexandre Dumas
Writer Edward Knoblock
Writer Lotta Woods
Release Date1921-08-27
Runtime1h 59min
GenreAction, Adventure, Romance
Content Rating
CompanyDouglas Fairbanks Pictures
LanguageNone, English
Louis XIIIas Louis XIII
Anne of Austriaas Anne of Austria
Cardinal Richelieuas Cardinal Richelieu
Duke of Buckinghamas Duke of Buckingham
Constanceas Constance
De Trevilleas De Treville
Rochefortas Rochefort
Milady de Winteras Milady de Winter
Father Josephas Father Joseph
D'Artagnan's Fatheras D'Artagnan's Father
Sidney Franklin
Sidney Franklin
Bonacieuxas Bonacieux
Bernajouxas Bernajoux
Planchetas Planchet
Athosas Athos
Porthosas Porthos
Aramisas Aramis
D'Artagnanas D'Artagnan
Janet Chandler
Janet Chandler
Childas Child

The Three Musketeers (1921 film)

The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the 1844 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"). The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask (1929), also starring Fairbanks as d'Artagnan and DeBrulier as Cardinal Richelieu.


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."

  • Front row: Charles Stevens, Marguerite De La Motte, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford (guest), Sidney Franklin. Second row: Boyd Irwin, Nigel De Brulier, Mary MacLaren, Adolphe Menjou, Barbara La Marr, Thomas Holding. Back row: Lon Poff, Eugene Pallette, George Siegmann, Léon Bary, Willis Robards.


  • Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan
  • Léon Bary as Athos
  • George Siegmann as Porthos
  • Eugene Pallette as Aramis
  • Boyd Irwin as Comte de Rochefort
  • Thomas Holding as Duke of Buckingham
  • Sidney Franklin as Monsieur Bonacieux
  • Charles Stevens as Planchet
  • Nigel De Brulier as Cardinal Richelieu
  • Willis Robards as Captain de Treville
  • Lon Poff as Father Joseph
  • Mary MacLaren as Queen Anne of Austria
  • Marguerite De La Motte as Constance Bonacieux
  • Barbara La Marr as Milady de Winter
  • Walt Whitman as d'Artagnan's Father
  • Adolphe Menjou as Louis XIII
  • Charles Belcher as Bernajoux