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

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Beauregard 'Cinch' Saunders: You have until the bottle is empty to draw, and then I'll kill you in cold blood whether you have a gun in your hand or not.
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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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great shootout, like they don't do them anymore.
18 November 2004 | by tmwestSee 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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