At Sword's Point

Synopsis: France, 1648: Richelieu and Louis XIII are dead, the new king is a minor, and the Duc de Lavalle is in virtually open rebellion, scheming to seize power. As a last resort, Queen Anne summons the heirs of the original Musketeers to her aid...including Claire, daughter of Athos, who when she chooses can miraculously pass as a boy, and wields as fine a sword as any. All their skills will be needed for a battle against increasing odds. One for all and all for one!
Director(s): Lewis Allen
Production: RKO Pictures
81 min

GUNSHO The year 1648

was a grim one for France.

With the death of the Cardinal

Richelieu, the hand holding

the country together was gone.

Terror and violence ruled as

the nobles plotted to gain control.

GUNSHO No papers, as usual.

What is the use of this

constant prying, monsieur?

I'm dying and we both know it.

The Duke de Lavalle knows it too.

The sight of him is more bitter

than medicine but

I dare not refuse him.

Such is the state of France today.

Her majesty

has the loyalty of her subjects.

Which pleases me,

but their loyalty is powerless

against Lavalle's soldiers.

The Duke de Lavalle.

How is Your Majesty's health today?

I regret to disappoint you

but I feel stronger.

Nothing gives me more happiness.

No, unless it were to be my death.

Well, what do you conceal there?

So, another of my men

has been waylaid.

A gang of outlaws. My soldiers

found him and brought me this.

Your soldiers killed him!

Your suspicions grieve me.

My first concern

is the welfare of the Queen.

Let us not continue this hypocrisy.

Understand, our ambition is

the same - the security of France.

There is suspicion

because your son is hidden.

What do you propose? Bring him to

Paris, let me marry your daughter -

the royal house will be strong

until Louis can reign. Never!

I may be feeble in body

but not in mind.

You wouldn't let Louis live

long enough to come of age.

You talk of security for France,

but you plan security for yourself.

I swear to you upon my honour...

Honour, the word is spoken easily

by one who is without it.

If I had not feared my son's life

would I have sent him away?

God will save him

and us all from you.

Your Majesty's faith is touching.

It is all I have left.

Now go, please.

Your Highness. Countess.

I trust you enjoyed your ride?

Exceedingly, Your Grace. It is one

of the pleasures that's permitted.

How lovely you look. I've not seen a

gown your beauty could not enhance.

My hand, if you please.

A thousand pardons.

A touch of your hand is worth

all the treasures in the world.

I look forward to the day when Her

Majesty gives consent to our union.

I cannot share your feelings.

Madame, what has happened?

Our last hope has gone.

Murdered, by Lavalle's troops.

The fifth messenger I've sent to

the King of Spain, the fifth to die.

Is there no-one else to trust?

No-one. Lavalle's ears as well

as his troops are everywhere.

It's hopeless. Hopeless.

I have so little time.

Henriette, what will become of you

and your brother when I am dead?

I do not know, madame.

This is my kingdom now -

all that is left

of my power and glory.

Lavalle has taken everything else.

Your father and I dreamed of France

as prosperous and at peace.

We were safe then

from such as Lavalle.

The King's Musketeers

were our guardians.

Lavalle disbanded them,

that is why I'm so helpless now.

There were nobles once

who sought our lives.

My four Musketeers saved us.

I remember how gay they were

the day they fought -

Athos, the giant Porthos, Aramis -

no woman was safe with him,

or wanted to be -

D'Artagnan, his sword

had no equal in Europe.

Bring me my jewel casket.

Yes, madame.

That day, I gave them each a ring

and kept four others like them.

I said, "Messieurs, if one day

a messenger brings you a ring,

"a ring...

"like this, you will know

that I'm in danger."

Today, the throne of France

is in danger.

Master D'Artagnan!

Master D'Artagnan!

You're wanted at the house.

You sent for me, Mother.

A messenger brought this, my son.

The Queen's ring? She must be

in danger, to have sent that.

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