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3 Bad Men (1926)

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

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Herman Whitaker (suggested by the novel: "Over the Border") (as Herman Whittaker), John Stone (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Dan O'Malley
Olive Borden ... Lee Carleton
Lou Tellegen ... Layne Hunter
Tom Santschi ... 'Bull' Stanley
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mike Costigan
Frank Campeau ... 'Spade' Allen
Priscilla Bonner ... Millie
Otis Harlan ... Zach Little
Phyllis Haver ... Lily
George Harris George Harris ... Joe Minsk (as Georgie Harris)
Alec B. Francis ... Rev. Benson (as Alec Francis)
Jay Hunt ... Nat Lucas
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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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Taglines:

Civilization marches West - Homesteaders in search of gold, liberty and happiness. (original 11x14 lobby card) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1926 enter the U.S. public domain in 2022. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dan O'Malley: Am I seein' things - or is them million wagons on the square?
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on the American Movie Classics channel had an uncredited piano score. It was provided by 20th Century-Fox and ran 92 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Up and Down (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
(uncredited)
Traditional Southern ballad (1840s) rewritten by James Allen 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 Damfino1895See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

28 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Bad Men See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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