This one is elephant's eye high above most westerns. The story opens trite: demobilized Confederate soldiers are being taunted and abused by Yankee soldiers and carpetbaggers in Texas. The proud-as-sin captain, now mellowed from four years of war and retreating, holds his temper and his gunfire.

This one is elephant’s eye high above most westerns. The story opens trite: demobilized Confederate soldiers are being taunted and abused by Yankee soldiers and carpetbaggers in Texas. The proud-as-sin captain, now mellowed from four years of war and retreating, holds his temper and his gunfire.

The tangent which refreshes the proceedings has to do with the precipitate marriage of the proud-as-sin Texan to the not-too-proud-to-sin fille de nuit. A member of the nasty occupation army camp-followers spots the gal and spills the chili beans all over the ranch porch.

Anne Baxter has the requisite sauciness combined with essential sincerity to make the woman’s part stand up. Her inter-relatedness to and with Charlton Heston, a rugged and believable characterization, gives the production its underpinning.

Westerns have many a beguiling and lovable and sturdy-souled Mexican. This one comes equipped with Gilbert Roland, whose loyalties and warmth build the human side which redeems Three Violent People from being just another giddyap.

Early in the film, legit’s Elaine Strich makes an acidy blondine madame arouse interest.

Three Violent People

Production

Paramount. Director Rudolph Mate; Producer Hugh Brown; Screenplay James Edward Grant; Camera Loyal Griggs; Editor Alma Macrorie; Music Walter Scharf

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Anne Baxter Gilbert Roland Tom Tryon Forrest Tucker Bruce Bennett
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