Three Must-Get-Theres (1922)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, Parody/Spoof  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The career of influential comedian Max Linder was nearing its end when he directed and starred in this burlesque of Douglas Fairbanks' Three Musketeers. As Dart-in-Again, Linder plays an hilarious spoof of the Fairbanks character. He is a peasant's son who rides his donkey, Jazbo, to Paris to make his fortune. Upon his arrival, he meets the three Must-Get-Theres -- Walrus (Jack Richardson), Octopus (Charles Metzetti) and Porpoise (Clarence Werpz). They all battle the forces of the evil Duke of Rich-Lou (Bull Montana). Dart-in-Again comes to the aid of the Queen (Catherine Rankin), and her seamstress, Connie (Jobyna Ralston, Harold Lloyd's future co-star). He retrieves the Queen's brooch from her lover, Bunkumin (Harry Mann) and saves her honor. For his heroic acts, Dart-In-Again is rewarded by the King (Frank Cooke), who makes him a full member of the Must-Get-Theres. He also weds Connie and all ends well. Unfortunately, things didn't end so well for Linder in real life -- three years later, he and his wife would commit suicide because his career was in a shambles.

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musketeer, hero, honor [integrity], swashbuckler, burlesque, fortune [wealth], France, king, lady, peasant, queen [royalty], reward, villain, donkey, seamstress