3 Bad Men

3 Bad Men is a 1926 American Western film directed by John Ford.[1][2] Bob Mastrangelo has called it "One of John Ford's greatest silent epics." The film had inspired the title for Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film Three Bad Men in a Hidden Fortress, simply known as The Hidden Fortress in the rest of the world.[3]

3 Bad Men
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Ford
Produced byJohn Ford
Written byHerman Whitaker (novel Over the Border)
John Stone
Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Ralph Spence
StarringGeorge O'Brien
Olive Borden
CinematographyGeorge Schneiderman
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 28, 1926 (1926-08-28)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States



The film was shot over a fifteen month period in 1925 and 1926. During the filming, three of the actresses involved, Olive Borden, Priscilla Bonner and Grace Gordon became ill with a form of paratyphoid, and had to be taken to the hospital. The shooting locations for the film included:

See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: 3 Bad Men". Silent Era. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  2. "Abrreviated View of Movie Page". web.archive.org. July 29, 2017.
  3. Russell, Catherine. "The Hidden Fortress: Three Good Men and a Princess". The Criterion Collection.
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