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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.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Leonard Praskins (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Colt Saunders
Anne Baxter ... Lorna Hunter Saunders
Gilbert Roland ... Innocencio Ortega
Tom Tryon ... Beauregard 'Cinch' Saunders
Forrest Tucker ... Deputy Commissioner Cable
Bruce Bennett ... Commissioner Harrison
Elaine Stritch ... Ruby LaSalle
Barton MacLane ... Yates
Peter Hansen ... Lt. Marr
John Harmon ... Mr. Massey
Ross Bagdasarian ... Asuncion Ortega
Robert Blake ... Rafael Ortega (as Bobby Blake)
Jamie Farr ... Pedro Ortega (as Jameel Farah)
Leo Castillo Leo Castillo ... Luis Ortega
Don Devlin Don Devlin ... Juan Ortega
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Violent love ... violent hate ... violent conflicts.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maverick See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Momento
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Margery Wolpin (as Martita)
Performed by Ross Bagdasarian (uncredited)
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The Saunders, A Violent Clan
29 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee 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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