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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 1 December 1948 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Pedro Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Dorothy Ford ...
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Posse Man #1
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Deputy Curly
Jack Pennick ...
Luke
Fred Libby ...
Deputy
Michael Dugan ...
Posse Man #2
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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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1 December 1948 (USA)  »

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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

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 »

Goofs

When Pedro is using a rattle you can hear it even when he stops shaking it. See more »

Quotes

Posse Member #1: A lot of boys stick up stagecoaches and banks and one thing and another. But a man who would dynamite a water hole in this kind of country is downright criminal.
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Referenced in Tokyo Godfathers (2003) See more »

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Silent Night
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Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
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Visual Poetry
17 October 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

I changed my mind several times about the merits of this often neglected Ford Western. Despite the eloquent and persuasive praises by Gallagher, McBride, and Sarris, somehow it failed to win me over. However, having seen it recently I was genuinely struck by its ravishing cinematography, beautifully shot by Winton C Hoch, who would later photograph "The Searchers". The cinematography is astonishing and this is hardly surprising since Ford was a poet of images. If you disregard the film's religious and biblical passages and focus on its visuals, it becomes an inspiring, extraordinary work. To paraphrase McBride in his book on Ford, the simplicity of the film's emotion and sentiment is balanced by the sophistication of its visual style. For this reason, I think it is one of Ford's masterworks, but it is not for everybody.


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