During the height of the Trinity/Three Musketeers & Kung Fu crazy of
the early seventies Variety Newspaper ran a number of items mentioning
the mash-up 'Trinity & the Three Musketeers'. The filmmakers and
audiences alike didn't have to worry that they never
could have ever met, being centuries apart. It didn't matter.
The Italian production house was listed as Cinitalia Films. This was
their only credit at the IMDB. Variety ran the info from January till
The film was to star stuntman/actor Nick Jordan [Aldo Canti] & TV
personalities the Santonastaso Brothers [Mario & Pippo].
The director listed was one 'Jean Luc Lucas' (gotta' love these
pseudonyms). The original announcement called the film 'Sword and
Shield', a more apropos moniker.
the film was a western or a sword'n'cape era 'spaghetti', similar to
the later Dean Reed medieval western "The Four Ragamuffins" aka "Sotto a
chi tocca!" (October, 24 1972),
which would also co-star Jordan, remains unknown.
It's doubtful that Jordan would have told, that film's director, Frank Kramer, about his other
Even though Variety ran 'Sword and Shield'
(January 3) & 'Trinity Meets the Three Musketeers' (March 21) as
it would be more likely that they were the same film. They shared the
same producer, same director, same production period. All in all, the
items appeared within their pages in early 1972. Indicating that it may
not have gone any further toward fruitarian.
Actor Jordan next made the Shaw Bros. comedy "Super Stooges Vs the Wonder Women" (April 11, 1974), for Alfonso Brescia.
Santonastaso Brothers, a sort of Smothers Brothers - Italian Style,
never really achieved cinematic stardom. Their cinematic leap to the big
screen didn't happen until
Soon after these items had appeared The Three Musketeers finally
did arrive in the West in the form of Bruno Corbucci's "The Three
Musketeers of the West'' aka "Tutti per uno botte per tutti" (1973),
which translates as 'All for One, Punches for All'. That pretty much
summoned up the mood of the day. Karate, fists,
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