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The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 27 August 1922 (USA)
This delightful burlesque of Alexandre Dumas' famous adventure narrative (and then-leading screen swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks' hit films) represented one of writer/director/star Max ... See full summary »

Director:

Max Linder

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Max Linder | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Max Linder ... Dart-In-Again
Bull Montana ... Li'l Cardinal Richie-Loo
Frank Cooke Frank Cooke ... King Louis XIII
Caroline Rankin ... Queen Anne
Jobyna Ralston ... Constance Bonne-aux-Fieux
John J. Richardson ... Walrus (as Jack Richardson)
Charles Mezzetti Charles Mezzetti ... Octopus
Clarence Wertz Clarence Wertz ... Porpoise
Fred Cavens Fred Cavens ... Bernajoux
Harry Mann Harry Mann ... Lord Duke Poussy Bunkumin
Jean de Limur Jean de Limur ... Roquefort
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This delightful burlesque of Alexandre Dumas' famous adventure narrative (and then-leading screen swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks' hit films) represented one of writer/director/star Max Linder's attempts to conquer Hollywood on its own turf. He'd been an enormous star in early silent cinema, influencing the style of such subsequent silent comedy luminaries as Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But his health suffered after he was gassed fighting for France in World War I. Despite the support of Chaplin himself (among others), his subsequent career in America never reached the popular heights he had at home. The commercial failure of this final U.S. effort seems particularly bewildering now, since THE THREE MUST-GET-THERES holds up so well. This spoof has the antic star as Dart-in-Again, a rapier-wielding dandy with a lovelorn horse (pining for the cow it left behind in the country) and a tendency to make an idiot of himself whilst attempting to conquer the forces of tyranny. Making ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Musketeers See more »

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Production Co:

Max Linder Productions See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was restored in 1995 by the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, in Berlin. Has the original American version is, unfortunately, lost, the restoration was mostly based on a nearly complete copy from the Netherlands Filmmuseum as well as material from the Gerhard Lamprecht collection and the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, with English titles adapted from the 1924 German release. See more »

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Edited into En compagnie de Max Linder (1963) See more »

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A Delightful, Funny And Incredible Comedy

"The Three Must-Get-There's" is a delightful, funny and incredible comedy, even for a German aristocrat who doesn't have any sense of humour ( or at least doesn't understand hypothetical Frenchified funny situations ), starring the great Herr Max Linder. This film was the last of his American period, and unfortunately Herr Linder would only star in two more films before his tragic ending. "The Three Must-Get-There's" is a parody of Herr Douglas Fairbanks' character and films, so this time Herr Linder takes off his characteristic hat and suit and puts on a longhaired French wig and one of those bizarre French regional costumes, Herr Linder being at ease with such clothes and making fun of those strange habits of his countrymen, such as being a musketeer, indeed a peculiar job even for the French.

The film is a brilliant comedy full of linguistic puns and excellent visual gags wherein nothing is what it seems at first sight ( Dart-in-Again crosses the English channel in a sailing horse! ), mixing up the old with the new ( Dart-in-Again uses a horse or a motorcycle, depending on his purposes ) in an original and unexpected way, and full of funny stunts perfect for this kind of film genre, that give the film a rhythmic pace in order to depict the adventures of the musketeers and their efforts to retrieve the Queen's brooch from her lover before the King notices.

"The Three Must-Get-There's" is an excellent example of the inventiveness, originality, elegance and humour of one of the greatest comedians of silent film history.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must keep his serious German sneer after having been amused with such funny French things.


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