period: The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Come on, you know the story: D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Cardinal Richelieu and his minions, Rochefort and Lady de Winter (Lana Turner), to usurp the King’s power. If so there’s not a whole bunch of surprises here other than whatever happened to Rochefort – maybe it was time for his holiday. Anyway Gene Kelly buckles his swash.

Apparently none of the main actresses was keen on her role: Lana Turner originally took a studio suspension in preference to playing Lady de Winter who she saw as a mere supporting character; Angela Lansbury, then in her early twenties, thought she was too young to play the Queen even though Anne would only have been in her mid-twenties in the novel; June Allyson tried to get out of the role of Constance as she did not feel comfortable doing a period piece.

The makeup

Jack Dawn was the makeup designer.