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Three Violent People (1956)

Approved | | Western | December 1956 (USA)
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


Near the end of the movie Anne Baxter is in a wagon that is out of control. It appears to be a dummy on the front seat rather than a stunt person. See more »


Un Momento
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Margery Wolpin (as Martita)
Performed by Ross Bagdasarian (uncredited)
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Anne Baxter Makes It Worth
5 October 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the American Civil War, Captain Colt Saunders (Charlton Heston) returns to Texas to his homeland Bar S Ranch, which has belonged to his family for generations. While in town, he has an incident and meets the former gal from St. Louis Lorna Hunter (Anne Baxter) and without knowing her past, he immediately proposes and gets married with her. When they arrive in Bar S, he meets his brother Beauregard 'Cinch' Saunders (Tom Tryon), the black-sheep of the family that lost one arm in his childhood and blames Colt for the accident. Colt has problems with the commissioner Harrison (Bruce Bennett) of the corrupt provisional government of Texas, and the situation gets worse when one of his men identify Lorna as "a flower of the Old South with whom he used to skip around with back in St. Louis". Colt has to deal with problems with the corrupt representative of the government that is collapsing, with his rancorous brother, with his pregnant wife and with his closest friend Innocencio Ortega (Gilbert Roland).

"Three Violent People" is a reasonable western that shows an after-war period and its consequences. The story has some good moments, mostly when Anne Baxter participates in the role of a witty lady with a past that experiences love for the first time in her life. Charlton Heston fits perfectly to the role of Captain Colt Saunders. However, the conclusion is too much corny and moralist. Although not being a great movie, "Three Violent People" is a good entertainment. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil) "Trindade Violenta" ("Violent Trinity")

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