3 Bad Men (1926)

Western | 28 August 1926

Director:

John Ford

Cinematographer:

George Schneiderman

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The opening title card on the print viewed, which was a commercial DVD of a restored print, lists the film's title as 3 Bad Men . The film was reviewed as such by Var , but many contemporary sources reviewed it as Three Bad Men . Herman Whitaker's novel first appeared as a serial in Sunset (Jul 1916--May 1917). The onscreen credits misspelled the author's surname as "Whittaker."
       Portions of the film were shot on location in Jackson Hole, WY and in the Mojave Desert. A news item in the LAT on 27 Aug 1926 noted that portions of the Wyoming location shooting took place on the Teton Ranch. In a column called "A Letter from Location in the Jun 1926 Picture-Play, Olive Borden described the main Wyoming location at the foot of the Tetons as sixty-five miles from the end of the railroad line at Victor, ID.
       Fox produced another adaptation of Whitaker's novel in 1931 under the title Not Exactly Gentlemen . That film was directed by Benjamin Stoloff and starred Victor McLaglen and Fay Wray (see entry).
       An item in the 17 Jan 1926 FD reported that the title of Three Bad Men had been changed (temporarily) to The World of Promise. ... More Less

The opening title card on the print viewed, which was a commercial DVD of a restored print, lists the film's title as 3 Bad Men . The film was reviewed as such by Var , but many contemporary sources reviewed it as Three Bad Men . Herman Whitaker's novel first appeared as a serial in Sunset (Jul 1916--May 1917). The onscreen credits misspelled the author's surname as "Whittaker."
       Portions of the film were shot on location in Jackson Hole, WY and in the Mojave Desert. A news item in the LAT on 27 Aug 1926 noted that portions of the Wyoming location shooting took place on the Teton Ranch. In a column called "A Letter from Location in the Jun 1926 Picture-Play, Olive Borden described the main Wyoming location at the foot of the Tetons as sixty-five miles from the end of the railroad line at Victor, ID.
       Fox produced another adaptation of Whitaker's novel in 1931 under the title Not Exactly Gentlemen . That film was directed by Benjamin Stoloff and starred Victor McLaglen and Fay Wray (see entry).
       An item in the 17 Jan 1926 FD reported that the title of Three Bad Men had been changed (temporarily) to The World of Promise. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
31 Aug 1926
p. 23.
Film Daily
17 Jan 1926
p. 10.
Film Daily
17 Oct 1926
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
27 Aug 1926
p. A9.
Los Angeles Times
10 Sep 1926
p. A11.
Picture-Play
Jun 1926
p. 91, 112.
Variety
18 Aug 1926
p. 61.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Three Bad Men
The World of Promise
Release Date:
28 August 1926
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 31 August 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 August 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23044
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,710
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1870s when the lands of the Dakota Indians are finally opened to settlers and prospectors, three outlaws--Mike Costigan, Bull Stanley, and Spade Allen--wanted from Mexico to Canada, join the rush. Though they are horsethieves, they decide not to rob Lee Carlton, a southern girl, of her thoroughbreds when her father's wagon is attacked and he is killed by a rival gang. The trio band together to protect the girl and her sweetheart, Dan O'Malley. They guard the trail up a mountain as Lee and Dan are pursued by the gang of Layne Hunter, a crooked sheriff, to stake out a valuable claim. One by one the three men are dropped by the villain's gunman, though Hunter is himself killed in the ... +


In the 1870s when the lands of the Dakota Indians are finally opened to settlers and prospectors, three outlaws--Mike Costigan, Bull Stanley, and Spade Allen--wanted from Mexico to Canada, join the rush. Though they are horsethieves, they decide not to rob Lee Carlton, a southern girl, of her thoroughbreds when her father's wagon is attacked and he is killed by a rival gang. The trio band together to protect the girl and her sweetheart, Dan O'Malley. They guard the trail up a mountain as Lee and Dan are pursued by the gang of Layne Hunter, a crooked sheriff, to stake out a valuable claim. One by one the three men are dropped by the villain's gunman, though Hunter is himself killed in the gunplay. +

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