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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 5 September 1949 (Sweden)
When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

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Posse Man #1
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Deputy Curly
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Storyline

Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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dying | desert | outlaw | newborn | baby | See All (105) »

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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest! (lobby card) See more »

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Drama | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »

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5 September 1949 (Sweden)  »

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Three Godfathers  »

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$1,243,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of the silent film The Three Godfathers (1916), which starred Ford's long-time friend Harry Carey. When Carey died in 1947, Ford decided to remake the story in Technicolor and dedicate the film to his memory. Carey's son, Harry Carey Jr., plays one of the three, "The Abilene Kid". See more »

Goofs

The Bible used as a prop has marginal cross-references, but the Bible pages used in the close-up shot, as read by Bob, do not. See more »

Quotes

Miss Florie: Good bye and good luck boy. Year in jail do ya' a lotta good!
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Connections

Referenced in Tokyo Godfathers (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
(uncredited)
Written by Knowles Shaw and George A. Minor
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Superb
15 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm surprised this one doesn't get more accolades. To me it's really one of the best westerns ever made. This is one of those films that proves that the western genre can produce true art. The filming, the performances -- this is one of Wayne's best … it's quite overlooked that this guy could act: The desperation, the confusion, the exhaustion, it's all just amazing.

It's more of a character study than anything else, with the characters facing desperate thirst, an aching empty land, relentless sun, and the movie shows how these men deal with it, all the while they are attempting to care for a child. Something they are ill equipped to do.

There are clear religious elements to the movie, and they make this all the more compelling -- these are not good men, but they have a sense of honor and faith, in their own way. They can't break their word to a dying woman, to care for her child. Their faith in each other is touching.

It's gritty, yet very tender, a strange juxtaposition, like the beauty and cruelty of the desert.

See the movie if you can.


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