Three Violent People (1956)

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When Confederate officer Colt Saunders returns to his Texas ranch after the war he finds his lands wanted by carpetbaggers and by corrupt provisional government commissioners Harrison and Cable.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Colt Saunders
Lorna Hunter Saunders
Innocencio Ortega
Beauregard 'Cinch' Saunders
Deputy Commissioner Cable
Commissioner Harrison
Ruby LaSalle
Lt. Marr
John Harmon ...
Mr. Massey
Ross Bagdasarian ...
Asuncion Ortega
Rafael Ortega (as Bobby Blake)
Pedro Ortega (as Jameel Farah)
Leo Castillo ...
Luis Ortega
Don Devlin ...
Juan Ortega


Former dance hall girl Lorna, masquerading as a lady, meets and marries Confederate ex-officer Colt Saunders, returning to his rich Texas ranch. Everyone there is enchanted with Lorna. But the carpetbag government is set to grab all the big ranches, unless the ranchers (led by Colt) decide to fight. And one of the carpetbaggers knows Lorna's secret. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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December 1956 (USA)  »

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In one scene, Colt Saunders (Charlton Heston) leans against a rustic mantelpiece in his family home. Over the mantelpiece are two portraits, a seated woman and a standing military officer. These paintings were done from photos of Heston's grandparents so they would bear a family resemblance. See more »


Lorna's southern accent comes and goes. See more »


Music by Margery Wolpin (as Martita)
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Ross Bagdasarian (uncredited)
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The Saunders, A Violent Clan
29 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was the film Charlton Heston made immediately after The Ten Commandments and the last one on his original contract with Paramount Studios. For a co-star for Three Violent People, Heston got Anne Baxter who was Nefretiri in the DeMille epic.

Heston plays Colt Saunders, Confederate veteran who is trying to get back and re-start his ranch and keep it from the hands of carpetbaggers in from the north. He's got a one armed brother played by Tom Tryon who has issues to say the least. Tryon did not lose the arm in the Civil War, it was lost in an accident during childhood and Heston was the one who amputated it.

And if that's not enough Heston meets and marries Baxter without knowing anything about her. She's got a very shady past that comes out at a most inopportune time and drives a wedge between them.

There's a lot of the righteousness of Moses in Heston's Colt Saunders. Unlike in The Ten Commandments it's not a welcome virtue for Anne Baxter or for the audience.

Bruce Bennett and Forrest Tucker play a real pair of bottom feeding carpetbagger officials. And the always enjoyable Gilbert Roland plays the grand vaquero, foreman, of the Saunders spread.

Not a bad western, western and Heston fans will like it.

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