Film Facts for Fencers
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This article appeared in the May, 1997 issue of the TFA Newsletter.

FILM FACTS FOR FENCERS Despite the current representation in a TV commercial of the Three Musketeers as brigands who go about divesting unsuspecting diners of their fatty chocolate desserts, Dumas' characters have seen much more appropriate and enjoyable times in theatrical films. The following list will tell you about some of the most notable versions of THE THREE MUSKETEERS to be shown in U.S. movie houses.

1. There were numerous silents of THE THREE MUSKETEERS but the mostwidely known is the 1921 version that starred Douglas Fairbanks.

2. In 1933, in a 12 part serial, John Wayne, Raymond Halton, and LonChaney, Jr. portrayed the three friends in more modern times asmembers of the Foreign Legion.

3. In 1935, the Musketeers were: Walter Abel (D'Artagnan), PaulLukas, (Athos), Moroni Olsen (Porthos), and Onslow Stevens(Aramis). Lucille Ball had a bit part in this film.

4. The 1948 film starred: Gene Kelly (D'Artagnan), Van Heflin(Athos), Gig Young (Porthos), and Robert Coote (Aramis).

5. 1959 saw the heroes played by: Don Ameche (D'Artagnan), DouglasDumbrille (Athos), Russell Hicks (Porthos), and John King(Aramis).

6. The 1974 remake had Michael York (D'Artagnan), Oliver Reed(Athos), Frank Findley (Porthos), and Richard Chamberlain(Aramis) portraying the dashing young King's Men.

7. The 1993 Disney film starred Chris O'Donnell (D'Artagnan), KieferSutherland (Athos), Oliver Platt (Porthos), and Charlie Sheen(Aramis).

This movie list compiled by Ann Morris appeared in the August, 1997 issue of the TFA Newsletter.


All of the movies in the following list have at least some reference to sword fighting or fencing. Most are usually categorized as swashbucklers. The others are primarily martial arts films or sword and sorcery fantasies. Just a very few are actually fencing stories.

I have listed the year for each one and if I have an alternate title, I have given that also. Well-known actors who appeared in them are listed as well.

My sources for this list were a list from a fencing F.A.Q. I got off the net a long time ago, INTERNET MOVIE DATA BASE, and my own memory for a few of the titles.

If you have movies to add to the list, please let me know. Please send the movie's title, the stars, and the year it came out. I would like to compile a list of books similar to the movie list, so if you have information to contribute to such a list, I'd love to see that too.

Here's the list!


The Adventures of Don Juan (1949) Errol Flynn, Raymond Burr

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone

Against All Flags (1952) Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn Barry Lyndon (1975) Ryan O'Neal, Patrick Magee

The Beastmaster (1982) Marc Singer

Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1995) Marc Singer

Black Arrow (1985) Oliver Reed

Black Pirate (1926) Douglas Fairbanks

Black Swan (1942) Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn

Blind Fury (1990) Rutger Hauer

Bob Roberts (1992) Tim Robbins

Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson

By the Sword (1993) F. Murray Abraham, Eric Roberts

s Captain Blood (1935) Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone

Captain Kronos/ Kronos/Vampire Castle (1974)

The Challenge (1982) Toshiro Mifune, Scott Glenn

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Errol Flynn

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

Conan the Destroyer (1984) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain

The Corsican Brothers (1941) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

The Count of Monte Christo (1934) Robert Donat

The Count of Monte Christo (1975) Richard Chamberlain, Tony Curtis (TV movie)

The Court Jester (1956) Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone

Crossed Swords (1978) Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston

Cutthroat Island (1995) Geena Davis

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Jose Ferrer

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Gerard Depardieu

Dangerous Liasons (1988) John Malkovich, Glenn Close

Dragonheart (1996) Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery (voice of Drac)

Dragonslayer (1981) Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson

The Duelists (1978) Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradine

El Cid (1961) Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren

Evita (1996) Madonna

The Empire Strikes Back 1980) Mark Hamil, HarrisonFord

Excalibur (1981) Nicol Williamson, John Boorman

Fire and Ice (1983) animated

First Knight (1995) Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

The Flame and the Arrow (1950) Burt Lancaster,Virginia Mayo

Flesh and Blood (1985) Rutger Hauer

The Four Musketeers (1975) Richard Chamberlain, Michael York

Frenchman's Creek (1944) Basil Rathbone, Joan Fontaine

Glory (1989) Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington

The Great Race (1965) Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Hamlet (1948) Laurence Olivier

Hamlet (1969) Anthony Hopkins

Hamlet (1990) Mel Gibson, Glenn Close

Hercules/ Labors of Hercules 1959) Steve Reeves Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961) (also known as Hercules and the Captive Women/Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis and Hercules and the HauntedWomen) * this one was used on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. Henry V (1944) Laurence Olivier

Henry V (1989) Kenneth Branagh

Highlander (1986) Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery

Ivanhoe (1953) Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor

The Hobbit (1978) animated TV movie

Ivanhoe (1982) James Mason

Krull (1983) Liam Neeson

Kull (1997) Kevin Sorba, Tia Carrere

Ladyhawke (1985) Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pheiffer

Legend (1985) Tom Cruise, Mia Sara

Long John Silver (1954) Robert Newton, Kit Taylor

Lord of the Rings (1978) animated

Macbeth (1948) Orson Welles, Roddy McDowall

Macbeth (1971) John Finch

The Magic Sword (1962) Basil Rathbone

The Man in Grey (1946) James Mason, Stewart Granger

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) Leonardo Dicaprio, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, Gabrial Byrne, Jeremy Irons (added June 27, 1998)

The Mark of Zorro (1920) Douglas Fairbanks

The Mark of Zorro (1940) Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone

The Mask of Zorro (1998) Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas (added June 27, 1998)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) John Cleese,Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, TerryJones, Eric Idle *This is a favorite of mine. It's funnyeach and every time I see it and I've seen it many times.

Morgan the Pirate (1960) Steve Reeves

Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo

The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Errol Flynn, ClaudeRains

The Princess Bride (1987) Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., DavidNiven

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) Stewart Granger, James Mason

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)Errol Flynn

The Punisher (1989) Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett, Jr.

Ran (1985) Tatsoya Nakadai

The Return of the Jedi (1983) Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil

Return of the King (1979) animated TV movie

Ring of Steel (1994) Carol Alt, Joe Don Baker

Rob Roy (1995) Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange

Robin and Marian (1976) Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn

Romeo and Juliet (1935) Basil Rathbone, Leslie Howard

Romeo and Juliet (1954) Laurence Harvey

Romeo and Juliet (1968) Michael York

Royal Flash (1975) Malcolm McDowell

Sanjuro (1962) Toshiro Mifune

Scaramouche (1952) Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935) Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon

The Sea Hawk (1940) Errol Flynn, Claude Rains

The Seven Samurai (1954) Toshiro Mifune

Shogun (1980) Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune(TV mini-series)

Sinbad the Sailor (1949) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,Maureen O'Hara

The Spanish Main (1945) Maureen O'Hara, Paul Heinreid

Spartacus (1961) Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis

Star Wars (1977) Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil

Sweet Liberty (1986) Michael Caine, Alan Alda

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) Lee Horsley

The Sword of Sherwood Forest (1961) Richard Greene, Peter Cushing

The Swordsman (1993) Lorenzo Lamas

The Three Musketeers (1921) Douglas Fairbanks

The Three Musketeers (1933) John Wayne *This was a 12 part serial with the Musketeers updated and in the French Foreign Legion.

The Three Musketeers (1935) Walter Abel

The Three Musketeers (1949) Gene Kelley, Lana Turner

The Three Musketeers (1959) Don Ameche

The Three Musketeers (1974) Michael York, Raquel Welch

The Three Musketeers (1993) Tim Curry, Charlie Sheen

Throne of Blood (1957) Toshiro Mifune

Tom Jones (1963) Albert Finney, Susannah York

Under the Red Robe (1937) Raymond Massey

The Vikings (1958) Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis

The Warriors (1955) Errol Flynn

Wizards and Warriors (1983) Julia Duffy, JeffConaway *a one season TV series but worthy of being in this list because it was a good satire of sword and sorcery

Willow (1988) Val Kilmer

Without a Clue (1988) Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley

The Yakuza/ Brotherhood of the Yakuza (1975) Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith

Yojimbo (1962) Toshiro Mifune

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Nicholas Rowe

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