The Three Musketeers (1939), starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers
I’ve known of the Ritz Brothers for some time, although I’ve not seen many of their movies. Previously, the only one of their movies that I saw was The Gorilla (with Bela Lugosi). And I wasn’t impressed with their comedy. The Three Musketeers, however, has totally changed my opinion of the Ritz Brothers.
Everyone has heard of the Three Musketeers, the classic swashbuckling adventure. But this version has the dashing D’Artagnan (played well by Don Ameche) mistaking three cowardly bumblers (the Ritz Brothers) as the Three Musketeers. Who, despite their best efforts, come to the comedic rescue multiple times.
One of my favorite moments in the film is where the villainess Milady De Winter (Binnie Barnes) has hidden an important message in her cleavage, and D’Artagnan’s gentlemanly manners prohibit him from going after it. The Ritz Brothers get it without annoying the censors by picking her upside down and shaking. And message after message falls out; “She’s a walking post office!”
It’s a very funny take on the classic story, which I both enjoyed and strongly recommend.
Product Description of The Three Musketeers
Singing his way into Paris, D’Artagnan (Don Ameche) joins up with three men he believes to be the King’s Musketeers, but they are merely impostors who have borrowed the uniforms from their true owners. The quartet soon becomes embroiled in a political plot and D’Artagnan is sent by the Queen (Gloria Stuart) to reclaim her valuable jewel. Before completing his appointed task, he manages a swift romance with Lady Constance (Pauline Moore), some rousing musical numbers and a series of spectacular wild adventures.
Funny movie quotes from the Three Musketeers:
- Right now I’m the tallest midget in the world!
- I can feel the noose around my neck right now! But don’t worry, no noose is good noose!
- Die? That’s pretty permanent …
And it lasts a long time!
- D’Artagnan: Remember the code! Do nothing undignified.
- She’s a walking post office!