The Three Musketeers
Action / Adventure / Serial
210 Minutes in 12 Chapters
Directed by Colbert Clark and Armand Schaefer
Cast: John Wayne as Tom Wayne
Jack Mulhall as Clancy
Raymond Hatton as Renard
Francis X. Bushman Jr. as Schmidt
Ruth Hall as Elaine Corday
Lon Chaney Jr. as Armand Corday
Hooper Atchley as El Kadur
Gordon de Main as Colonel Duval
Robert Frazer as Major Booth / El Shaitan
Noah Beery Jr. as Noah Stubbs
Al Ferguson as Ali
Edward Peil Sr. as Ratkin
William Desmond as Captain Boncour
George Magrill as El Maghreb
Robert Warwick as Colonel Brent
This Mascot Pictures serial is an update on the Alexandre Dumas classic tale.
Set in North Africa, the action revolves around Tom Wayne, an intrepid United States military pilot on a mission to find the murderer – a murder he has been framed for -- of his fiancé's brother Armand Corday.
The Three Musketeers are French Legionnaires Clancy, an Irishman, Renard, a Frenchman and Schmidt, a German. After Tom rescues the three men from attacking Arabs, he and the Legionnaires join forces to track down El Shaitan, the man Tom believes is responsible for the murder of Corday.
No one knows the true identity of El Shaitan, the leader of an anti-French and anti-Foreign Legion desert cult that meets at Devil’s Circle. The action and suspense build as various characters come under suspicion of being El Shaitan, and the four men seek their vengeance on the ‘Devil of the Desert’.
Chapter 1 - The Fiery Circle
Chapter 2 - One for All and All for One
Chapter 3 - The Master Spy
Chapter 4 - Pirates of the Desert
Chapter 5 - Rebels' Rifles
Chapter 6 - Death's Marathon
Chapter 7 - Naked Steel
Chapter 8 - The Master Strikes
Chapter 9 - The Fatal Cave
Chapter 10 - Trapped
Chapter 11 - The Measure of a Man
Chapter 12 - The Glory of Comrades
John Wayne appeared in three Mascot serials - The Shadow of the Eagle (1932), The Hurricane Express (1932), and The Three Musketeers (1933).
The Three Musketeers serial was edited and released in 1946 as a feature film, Desert Command.