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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed  -  Drama | Western  -  1 December 1948 (USA)
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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.

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Three outlaws fleeing a posse through the desert come upon a dying woman and her baby in a wagon. Before she passes away, she makes the men promise to take care of her baby and get it safely through the desert.

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Pedro 'Pete' Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Deputy Curly
Jack Pennick ...
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Fred Libby ...
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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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desert | outlaw | posse | newborn | birth | See more »

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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest!

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Drama | Western

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1 December 1948 (USA)  »

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Three Godfathers  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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John Wayne's character, Robert Marmaduke Hightower, was named by director John Ford after his favorite stuntman, Bryan 'Slim' Hightower, who also worked on this picture. See more »

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Quotes

Judge: [during sentencing] Robert Marmaduke Hightower...
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Classic Christmas Movie Parable
29 December 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one Christmas Movie where the bible plays a major role, and there is NO snow for Christmas. Three Bandits place themselves in jeopardy for the sake of a promise they made to a dying mother (Mildred Natwick) to be the three godfathers of her baby. Excellent performances by Armendariz and Carey, Jr. keep this poignant and on the mark. Ward Bond is excellent as the relentless Marshal. Hank Worden, Guy Kibbee, and Jane Darwell lead the cast of pros around for good-natured comic relief. But, this certainly isn't a straight comedy; there's ample drama and opportunity for shedding a few tears, too.

This has been one of my favorite Christmas movie for 30+ years, and repeated viewings only reinforce my love of it.


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