The Three Musketeers
Tile #248 on the Studio City Walk of Fame
Directed by: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer
CAST: John Wayne, Ruth Hall, Raymond Hatton, Jack Mulhall, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Noah Beery, Jr., Lon Chaney, Jr.
12-episode action adventure serial released in 1933.
The modern adaptation of the classic tale by Alexander Dumas depicts film legend John Wayne, as Lt. Tom Wayne who is framed for the murder of his fiancé's brother. He vows to capture the real killer, a mysterious Arab terrorist known only as El Shaitan, who is never shown in the film.
From historian Marc Wanamaker:
Mascot updated the characters in the Alexandre Dumas classic, "Les Trois Mousquetaires" and publicized it with the tagline: A story of the modern escapades of the most famous adventurers in all fiction!!!
Wayne played Tom Wayne, a D'Artagnan-like American pilot, who along with three Musketeer-like legionnaires (Hatton, Mulhall and Bushman), defend the French Foreign Legion against an Arab uprising.
The story was set in North Africa, with Yuma, Arizona standing in for the location shooting with temperatures approaching 120 degrees. The large cast of villains was played by veteran Western actors costumed in bed sheets.
Episode titles: 1) The Fiery Circle, 2) One For All and All For One, 3) The Master Spy, 4) Pirates of the Desert, 5) Rebel Rifles, 6) Death's Marathon, 7) Naked Steel, 8) The Master Strikes, 9) The Fatal Cave, 10) Trapped, 11) The Measure of a Man, 12) The Value of Comrades.