Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Based on That Immortal Novel by Alexandre Dumas -- September 22, 2021

Exhibitors Herald, 03-September-1921

100 years ago this month, in September, 1921, Douglas Fairbanks' second costume film, The Three Musketeers, had its premiere. It was a hit.

Moving Picture World, 03-September-1921

Moving Picture World, 24-September-1921

Doug shared a two page United Artists ad with his wife Mary Pickford, who was appearing in an adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Moving Picture World, 10-September-1921

The only problem facing Fairbanks was a lawsuit by the remains of the Triangle Company. Thomas Ince had produced a version of The Three Musketeers in 1915. It was originally distributed under the title D'Artagnan. Triangle claimed that each scene of their version had been copyrighted, and that the Fairbanks film violated many of the copyrights.

Moving Picture World, 10-September-1921

And of course someone had to rerelease the 1915 film to compete with the Fairbanks film.

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