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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 13 January 1949 (USA)
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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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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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 Ford had a greensman water a cactus overnight to allow it to be squeezed for water. See more »

Goofs

After the three godfathers rob the bank, a covered wagon is seen passing by them as they board their horses but in the next scene they are riding in front of the wagon. See more »

Quotes

Perley 'Buck' Sweet: Turn around, Texas. Turn around and draw.
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: Well, Perlie, you old hayshaker... looks like you got me...
[faints]
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: .
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Beautiful River (Shall We Gather at the River)
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry and Charles Ives
Performed by Harry Carey Jr.
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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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