THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Blu-ray Review)
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Review by Mr. Paws😸
With Lana Turner’s top billing in 1948’s The Three Musketeers, there's no questioning who was the bigger star at the time, even though she’s more of a supporting player here. However, she does give the film’s best performance. As Milady de Winter, Turner is seductive, treacherous and utterly hateful, making the character’s ultimate fate pretty damn satisfying.
Not that the rest of the cast are slouches. Van Heflin gives head-musketeer Athos considerable gravitas, while Vincent Price is wonderful as the conniving cardinal, Richelieu. Legendary character actor Keenan Wynn also stands out with his amusing turn as Planchet, d’Artagnan’s loyal servant. Speaking of d’Artagnan, I would argue that Gene Kelly is miscast in the lead role (and a maybe bit too old), but he’s certainly entertaining, especially during the numerous action sequences, which he apparently helped choreograph.
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Though a bit overlong, The Three Musketeers remains an exciting adventure film bolstered by a great cast (including June Allyson, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan & Gig Young), as well as handsome, colorful production design (which really shines in this vivid Blu-ray transfer). Whether or not this is the definitive adaptation of Dumas’ classic novel is certainly open to spirited debate, but time and umpteen retellings haven’t diminished the fun found here.
“LOOKING AT LONDON” - Fitzpatrick Traveltalks short from 1946.
“WHAT PRICE FLEADOM” - MGM Tex Avery cartoon from 1948.
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