Three Violent People

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Rudolph Maté
Production: Paramount Pictures
100 min

It happens a dozen times

a day, Captain...

these fights between our returning

soldiers and those carpetbaggers.

And every time,

it's a Confederate who winds up in jail.

My advice is not to get into it.

I have no intention of getting into it,

Mr. Carleton.

Come on, break it up.


You men get on down

to the Registry Office. Go on.

- Move along.

- There'll be another day.

Why don't you go back

where you came from?

You better stay off the street.

You gentlemen will please disperse.

You ought to put them Rebels in jail.

Whistling Dixie. Come on.

They ought to obey the laws

of the Provisional Government.

Here you are.

$850 cash left from your bank draft.

- Thank you.

- I think you'll find that correct.

And now, Captain...

I'd be much obliged

if you'd let me stand you a drink.

Sounds like a fine idea.

Fill them up again, bartender.

Here come a couple of high and mighty

you-all people. Let's have fun.

Good day, Mr. Carleton,

Capt. Saunders.

Whiskey, please.

Gentlemen, as I was saying,

these here Southerners...

they're a strange breed of cat.

Yes, sir, a mighty strange breed of cat.

We whipped them good and proper...

and made them holler "uncle"

loud and clear.

And now they still want to act

like they was as good as us.

Hey, you.

Did you hear what I said?

Yes, indeed, sir. You speak very clearly.

Your voice carries quite a ways.

Stagecoach coming. Bunch of new

pretties coming in for the dance hall.

Come on, let's get the first look.

Reb, new gals coming in.

Don't you even want to take a look?

No, thank you kindly.

See what I told you?

Just a mighty strange breed of cat.

Thank you, Capt. Saunders.

You sure have mellowed down a lot.

A man said that to you in the old days...

we'd have to put this place

back together.

You were smart not to take offence.

I took offence, Sam.

Just like you said, I've mellowed down.

Thanks for the whiskey, Mr. Carleton.

Good day, gentlemen.

Come on!

Where I come from, no gentleman

lets a gal get her store shoes dusty.

Jump, my pretty.

You're on your own.

You're next, baby.

I thought you was one of them there.

Well, you got to get down anyway.

Come on.

You can't talk like that

to a Southern lady.

Now listen, fella...

Allow me, ma'am.

You'd better sit this dance out, miss.

Stand aside.

Stand back, coming through.

What's the trouble here?

This Reb yelled

that somebody insulted a lady.

- Then he started hitting on us.

- Especially me.

- Nobody insulted no lady.

- Quiet.

Arrest this man, sonny.

I'll go along and proffer charges.

Take a good look

at this uniform, mister...

and don't ever again call me "sonny."

Does a Union officer stand there

and permit them to say I am no lady?

Your pardon, ma'am. Silence!

Have these men insulted you, ma'am?

And beat my husband

when he defended me.

Now listen...

Sergeant, if that man persists,

arrest him.

The rest of you will disperse.

Go on, move along.

Thank you.

Perhaps we'd better carry your husband

to the military medical post.

I think not.

If you could bring him to our room.

Room 110.

Of course, ma'am.

Sergeant, take his feet.

You two, take his shoulders. Careful.

Gently, please.

Thank you.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

Is there anything else

we can do, ma'am?

- No, thank you.

- You may go, men.

Lieutenant, I'll take those things.

Thank you.

Capt. Colt Saunders, 14th Cavalry.

You must be very proud

of Capt. Saunders, ma'am.

At the Point, our instructor told us...

the 14th Confederate Cavalry's charge

at Round Mountain...

will go down in history

with Gen. Blcher's cavalry action...

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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