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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:

KILLER- RUSTLER- CARD-CHEAT TERRORS OF THE WEST! BUT THEY RODE INTO ETERNITY WITH A SMILE IN DEFENCE OF ONE BEAUTIFAL DESERT FLOWER! (Print ad- Sunday Mail, ((Brisbane, Queensland)) 16 January 1927) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Bad Men See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

intertitle: Zach Little - Editor of the Custer "Pathfinder" was half scotch and half seltzer.
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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

Featured in Omnibus: John Ford: Part One (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
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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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Terrific early Ford
11 September 1999 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

3 Bad Men (as the title card shows it) is an outstanding example of the silent western and one of John Ford's earliest triumphs. The photography is stunning and the land rush sequences truly impressive, and while the story of redemption and sacrifice is predictable it is nonetheless still moving.


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