Release dateNovember 4, 1961 (1961-11-04) (France) Based onThe Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas pere WriterAlexandre Dumas pere (novel), Jean Bernard-Luc (adaptation), Bernard Borderie (adaptation), Jean Bernard-Luc (dialogue) Film seriesThe Three Musketeers film series CastGérard Barray (D'Artagnan), Mylène Demongeot (Milady de Winter), Perrette Pradier (Constance Bonacieux), Georges Descrières (Athos), Guy Tréjan (Louis XIII), Jean Carmet (Planchet) Similar moviesMylene Demongeot movies, Charles de Batz-Castel dArtagnan movies
The Three Musketeers is a 1961 film adaptation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père which consists of two parts. The script keeps close to the classic French novel. The director treats all the classic characters with respect, not making fun of any of them, although there is humour when d'Artagnan rides his peculiar horse and when Planchet supplies wine for the heroes.
The film's remarkable location shots were made in Bois de Boulogne, around and in the Château de Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne and in Semur-en-Auxois (department Côte-d'Or).
The settings, costumes and props are very elaborate and provide the impression of historic accuracy. Bernard Borderie and his crew demonstrated here already the qualities which later contributed substantially to the success of his series of five costume drama films about Anne Golon's heroine Angelique. Since Bernard Borderie had already made several Lemmy Caution films he was an expert for fighting scenes. In comparison to the likewise brilliant fencing the dancer Gene Kelly (An American in Paris, Xanadu) had provided as “d'Artagnan” in an earlier adaptation, the fencing in this film looks less like dancing and more dangerous. But of course Borderie also knew how to present a fist fight. When d'Artagnan defends Mme Bonacieux against a couple of the cardinal's thugs, the director does not only use dramatic sound effects but furthermore lets Barray's punches look more explosive by taking out frames very precisely when he is about to hit. He is also capable of making us believe an outnumbered man could really win the day if only certain circumstances are given, because in Borderie's films the thugs are often so overly keen on decking the hero that they actually hinder each other to succeed.
Gérard Barray as d'Artagnan
Mylène Demongeot as Milady de Winter
Perrette Pradier as Constance Bonacieux
Georges Descrières as Athos
Bernard Woringer as Porthos
Jacques Toja as Aramis
Jean Carmet as Planchet
Guy Delorme as the Count De Rochefort
Daniel Sorano as Cardinal Richelieu
Françoise Christoph as (Queen) Anne of Austria
Robert Berri as M. Bonacieux
Henri Nassiet as M. de Tréville
Guy Tréjan as (King) Louis XIII
Jacques Berthier as the Duke of Buckingham
The film was the sixth most popular movie at the French box office in 1961.