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A Modern Musketeer (1917)
Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Marjorie Daw

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Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars as Ned Thacker, who is born during a Kansas cyclone (coincidentally the same manner in which Fairbanks' real-life contemporary Buster Keaton came into the world!) and is thus imbued with the spirit of adventure. Having been virtually weaned on Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, Ned grows up dedicated to old-fashioned chivalry. Alas, his well-meaning efforts to emulate his Musketeer idols nearly always backfire in a hilariously disastrous fashion. Ultimately, however, he is afforded an opportunity to rescue heroine Dorothy Moran (Marjorie Daw) in a true D'Artagnan-like manner. Unfortunately, only the first three reels of A Modern Musketeer are known to exist. Happily, however, this fragment includes a delightful dream sequence in which Fairbanks imagines himself to be a 16th-century swashbuckler -- a fascinating (and arguably more enjoyable) precursor to his own 1921 screen version of The Three Musketeers.
Director: Allan Dwan
Writers: Allan Dwan (photoplay), E.P. Lyle Jr. (based upon "D'Artagnan of Kansas" by)

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Kathleen Kirkham, Eugene Ormonde, Edythe Chapman, Frank Campeau, Tully Marshall
The El Tovar Hotel, prominently shown in the movie, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Marjorie Daw and Kathleen Kirkham, daughter and mother, were seven years apart in age. Daw was only 15(!) when this film was made, which means that she was closer in age to the actress playing her mother than she was to the actor playing her leading man (Douglas Fairbanks was 18 years her senior).
Filming began in the fall of 1917 at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Additional scenes were shot at Canyon de Chelly near Chinle, Arizona and at the Jesse Lasky Studios in Los Angeles.
Like many American films of the time, A Modern Musketeer was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the two intertitles "The boss has gone for another woman" and "Remember the last woman", three scenes of young woman in cave including and following her suicide, and the shooting scene where a man falls.
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