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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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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Most underrated western?
31 August 2006 | by janniklindquistSee all my reviews

I consider this movie to be one of the greatest westerns I have ever seen (which means one of the best westerns out of more than hundred of the most interesting and important movies in the genre)! Some people seem to think that it is a rather ordinary western about people fighting for land - but it is definitely primarily a film about three characters who has been having rather rough lives and who, in the course of the movie, all get a chance to get things back together.

The interest of the movie simply is whether they will succeed in this. The three characters are played by Anne Baxter, Charlton Heston and Tom Tryon and, in my opinion, they all put on a fantastic show. First and foremost, though, Anne Baxter. It is definitely her movie - although she gets tough competition by Gilbert Roland in a fantastic role as Charlton Heston's Mexican "grand vaquero". In my humble opinion Anne Baxter and Gilbert Roland simply creates two of the most memorable characters in the history of the western genre!! The scene where Charlton Heston brings Anne Baxter to his ranch and she is greeted by the Gilbert Roland and his sons is hilariously funny and deeply moving and is a great example of the virtues of this great off-beat western.


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