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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

Lorna's southern accent comes and goes. 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 Decoy: Stranglehold (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Momento
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Margery Wolpin (as Martita)
Performed by Ross Bagdasarian (uncredited)
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Heston Walks Tall, In Solid Melodrama
31 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

After a whirlwind romance and marriage with lovely Anne Baxter, ex-Confederate Charleton Heston returns home to his Texas ranch, where he has to contend with nasty carpetbaggers Forrest Tucker and Bruce Bennett, his embittered one-armed brother Tom Tryon, and his new wife's checkered past, which everyone is more than willing to use against him.

Three Violent People takes it's time, but it's never boring, using great acting and excellent photography, direction to tell an atmospheric tale that's pretty hard-hitting, even though it's not a traditional action-adventure film.

Heston, Baxter, and Gilbert Roland all play characters of great strength and courage, with the magnetic Roland in particular always incredible to watch and Tryon a brooding anti-hero. Why wasn't he a bigger star?

A few years later, songwriter Ross Bagdasarian, who plays one of Roland's sons, bought bought a variable-speed recorder, changed his stage-name to David Seville, and invented the pop-culture icons known as The Chipmunks!


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