Blades of the Musketeers

Blades of the Musketeers is a 1953 American film adaptation of The Three Musketeers for Hal Roach Studios.

It was originally shot as an episode of the 1950 TV series Magnavox Theater.[1]

It was also known as Sword of D'artagnan.[2]



Budd Boetticher says Hal Roach called him saying he wanted to adapt The Three Musketeers as an hour picture for television to be shot over three days. Boetticher agreed to direct it for $500 a day and says it took three and a half days. He says a year later the film was released theatrically.[3]

Another report says the film was shot in four days.[4]


  1. Axmaker, Sean (7 February 2006). "Ride Lonesome: The Career of Budd Boetticher". Senses of Cinema.
  2. SWORD OF D'ARTAGNAN, the. (1953, Monthly Film Bulletin, 20, 12. Retrieved from
  3. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
  4. Ames, W. (1950, Nov 21). Lucille ball, desi arnaz film TV show; redhead uses video to open studio gate. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
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