At Sword's Point [Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

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  • Aspect Ratio ‏ : ‎ 1.33:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 99.22 Grams
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ 883316236611
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Paul Lynch, Lewis Allen
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ March 2 2010
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Douglas, Gladys Cooper, June Clayworth
  • Language ‏ : ‎ Unqualified
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Warner Archives
  • Producers ‏ : ‎ Jerrold T. Brandt
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003ASU2V6
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

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A. W. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous "Boy's Own Paper" film. Shame about the sound
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2.0 out of 5 stars ghastly print
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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H. Bala
4.0 out of 5 stars Maureen O'Hara guffaws at danger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maureen O'Hara guffaws at danger
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
- A Duke's guard: "I will not fight with a lady."
- Claire: "I am no lady when I fight!"

At Sword's Point gets kicked to the curb whenever there's mention of the best swashbuckler films. Sure, it's an RKO swashbuckler, so it's not as gaudy or polished as if it were a Warner Bros. or a 20th Century Fox production. At Sword's Point's secret weapon is its casting of Maureen O'Hara.

How many film adaptations of Alex Dumas's classic of classics are there? Heaps and heaps. This version jumps the storyline years ahead to when the original Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and D'artagnan are now either buried or brought low by the gout.

But the French monarchy is again imperiled. In 1648, a dying old Queen Anne (Gladys Cooper) barely hangs on to her power, the wicked Duc de Lavalle (Robert Douglas) waiting to pounce. He'd already disbanded her loyal defenders, the Musketeers. Queen Anne fears for her young son, the heir, whom she'd hidden away. She suspects that when she passes, the Council of Nobles will compel her daughter, the Princess Henrietta, to marry de Lavalle. Queen Anne had deployed five messengers to her cousin, the King of Spain, pleading for his help, but none of the messengers made it through or far. In a last desperate throw of the dice, she sends for the four legendary Musketeers.

At Sword's Point - a.k.a. Sons of the Musketeers - got done shooting in 1949 but didn't have its box office premiere until 1952 because who knows? It's a typical period adventure movie in that our heroes are bold and gallant and tend to pose while laughing at danger. The amazing thing is that one of these gregarious, boastful heroes is a woman, and it's neat that no one makes a big deal of it. It's equally satisfying that you can see it's Maureen O'Hara herself doing all the swordfighting and jumping around. But while her character, Claire, daughter of Athos, is counted as equal to the best swordsmen in France, it didnt mean she had to stop being a woman.

One more thing Claire has in common with the lads, she's prickly about her honor and quick to take insult and demand satisfaction by way of duel. It's why we get that early, playful duel with D'Artagnan Jr. (Cornel Wilde). What had me smirking again was that old movie conceit resurfacing about the menfolk assuming the girl was a guy, just because she's got on a man's wardrobe, never mind that Claire looks the way she looks. It's why, as much as I enjoyed Victor/Victoria, I couldn't quite buy Julie Andrews as a crossdressing hombre. Not a lot of movies get away with the premise. Oh, maybe Boys Don't Cry, maybe Pitch Black, maybe 0sama. I'm crossing my fingers for Mulan.

But back to At Sword's Point. Given, the action beats are nothing special. The swordplay is whatever. You don't even have to look close to see the swords punching the air between the opponents' torso and arm. But you got to give it up for Maureen O'Hara who doesn't look out of place with a blade and, also, for the agile Cornel Wilde who shows off his acrobatics, leaping about with abandon and swinging on chandeliers. And in case you think the man's athleticism is a one-off, see what he does many years later in The Naked Prey (1965).

There are bonehead moves here that may make your eye roll. That idiot Porthos, clapped in irons, had gotten loose and was handily winning his tussle with his jailers until he just had to pose and laugh heartily in the face of danger. Which is when someone snuck behind him and took him out with a blow to the noggin. Dummy deserved to be recaptured. And then there's Claire later on, also escaping incarceration and dispatching a guard but then immediately tossing away her sword while she was still making her getaway. I may have hoped another armed guard would show up.

For a supposed golden age of chivalry, treachery lurked at every turn. It's just that treachery is the primary weapon launched against irrepressible heroics, that and making sure your evil forces wildly outnumber our few paragons. And there's Claire, daughter of Athos, expressing boundless swagger and a joyful smile as she crosses blades with the Queen's enemy. One of the guys, but distinctly not a guy. As she demonstrates, she'll rough up a fella even in a glamorous dress. And laugh in his face as she pastes him. What a girl! What a Musketeer!
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Eric D. Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars Feminist version of the Four Musketeers
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