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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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Produced immediately after Charlton Heston completed The Ten Commandments (1956) and reunited him with co-star Anne Baxter. This was Heston's last film under his original Paramount contract. He felt that Tom Tryon, who was cast as his brother, was not right for the part. However, because "The Ten Commandments" had not yet been released, Heston hadn't yet achieved the star clout necessary to demand cast changes. 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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great shootout, like they don't do them anymore.
18 November 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in 1957 and remember very well that I did not like it. I saw it again yesterday and loved it. How can one explain that? No doubt that when you get older, your taste might change, but in my case that seldom happens with films. Rather I would conclude that the moods of the times change, so in 1957 there was no mood for this type of film, it was categorized as an average western, probably because people were tired of them. Nowadays when they are so rare you learn how to appreciate the good ones. The story is about the unscrupulous treatment some ex confederates were given by some bandits trying to take advantage of the period that followed the war. Heston is one of them and so is his brother Tom Tryon. Heston marries an ex saloon girl Anne Baxter but he does not know about her old profession. There is not much chemistry between Baxter and Heston, this is the only negative point of the film. He combined better with someone like Eleanor Parker with whom he starred in 'The Naked Jungle'. There is a great shootout, the kind of which you don't see in westerns anymore, they just lost the touch. I also did not understand, like mentioned in a previous comment, who are the three violent people, I only noticed two, Heston and Tryon. Baxter? No way.

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