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3 Bad Men (1926)

Unrated  |   |  Romance, Western  |  28 August 1926 (USA)
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Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

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Storyline

In 1876, an old man finds gold in the Sioux lands, provoking a gold and land rush from immigrants to Dakota. On the way to Custer, the lonely cowboy Dan O'Malley helps to fix the wheel of Mr. Carlton's wagon and flirts with his daughter Lee Carlton. Later, Lee and her father are attacked by horse thieves and Mr. Carlton is murdered; however, the outlaws "Bull" Stanley, Mike Costigan and "Spade" Allen save her from the criminals and head with her to the camp where the pioneers are waiting for President Grant proclamation to explore the lands. In the site, the corrupt Sheriff Layne Hunter rules with his henchmen with horror and injustice. The trio of outlaws decides that Lee needs to get married and select Dan to be her husband. When Bull's sister Millie Stanley is murdered by Hunter's right arm Nat Lucas, "Bull" organizes the men to chase Hunter. But it is 1877 and the gold and land race of wagons is ready to start. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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outlaw | gold | sioux | dakota | immigrant | See All (51) »

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The romance of a girl in the land of promise. (original 11x14 lobby card) See more »

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Romance | Western

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28 August 1926 (USA)  »

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Three Bad Men  »

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Goofs

During the bathing sequence, the tent appears to be normal size from the outside, but it is several times as big in the interior shots. See more »

Quotes

'Bull' Stanley: [as Hunter's gang closes in] Well, pardners - I guess us three old sharpshooters is together for the last reunion.
Mike Costigan: Shucks! One good man could hold this pass against a whole army of men like Hunter.
Mike Costigan: [Sarcastically after Spade takes a rifle] I said a good man.
'Spade' Allen: Mike, your pants may be shabby, but they cover a warm heart...
'Bull' Stanley: [to Spade] You and Mike go on - I'll stay.
'Spade' Allen: [With cards he has taken from inside his hat] We'll cut high card to see who stays.
Mike Costigan: All right but no trioks. This is a gentlemen's gane.
Mike Costigan: [...]
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Connections

Featured in The American West of John Ford (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
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Traditional Southern ballad (1840s) rewritten by James L. Bland (1878)
Integrated into restoration score as a theme for Lee's father.
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Very good acting and cinematography. Extremely realistic .
10 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film convinces me that John Ford deserves his legendary status. He seems to have had his unique gift for cinema story telling from his beginnings. This is a starkly realistic tale depicting , unromantically , some of the brutal hardship of the late 19th century west.

There is great poignancy in the loyalty and ethos which surface in even the most "bad" of men. To convey this in a silent film , with fairly minimal use of dialogue screens , required some pretty good acting and good camera work. There are several protracted facial studies which convey the critical messages very eloquently. Through most of the film I forgot that there was no "talking" dialogue. There are some surprisingly "contemporary" humor lines on the dialogue screens , not typical of westerns but quite typical of Fords evolving love of pathos.


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