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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.



(suggested by the novel: "Over the Border") (as Herman Whittaker) , (adaptation), 2 more credits »
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The romance of a girl in the land of promise. (original 11x14 lobby card) See more »


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28 August 1926 (USA)  »

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Three Bad Men  »

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When the Three Bad Men see Hunter and his men closing in, there are thirteen in the gang. Spade kills one, Mike later shoots two, whom he notches on his gun, and he later blows up seven of them with black powder. That should only leave three, but Bull ultimately faces eight of them in the final shootout. See more »


Dan O'Malley: Am I seein' things - or is them million wagons on the square?
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Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
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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An early John Ford gem
2 September 2005 | by (Pembrokeshire, Wales) – See all my reviews

I like George O'Brien and when I saw the opportunity to own an early silent he made I took it and it was worth it, although, while he is the named star, he has a relatively small role in it and the movie really belongs to Tom Santschi who plays Bull, he is exceptional in his role. I'm not a huge fan of westerns, but, I enjoy all of John Ford's as he approaches his movies with a love of the West as it was being settled rather than the "Cowboys 'n' Injuns" take on things. This is the story of a girl who loses her father and is taken under the wing of the three bad men in the title, not that they are really all bad, just a bit naughty really. The real bad guy is the Sheriff who is really creepy. I don't like to give long detailed synopsises of movies, if I think a movie is good I just like to let people know that it is worth seeing and this one is. The Land rush sequence is particularly impressive and there is some very good humour, the inter titling is very well thought out. The acting is very good by all. The only downer is the quality of the available print, mine was a video from the Killiam collection and could do with a little TLC to restore it to it's former glory. This movie has absolutely everything and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's about time more money was put into the restoration and cleaning up of the silents that were not lost or destroyed, it's a crying shame when you see movies like this and many others that end up forgotten and unloved through neglect.

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