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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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Cast

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Pedro Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Posse Man #1
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Deputy Curly
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Fred Libby ...
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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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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest! (lobby card) See more »

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Drama | Western

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Also Known As:

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 Ben Johnston is standing in the buckboard when the sheriff and 3 deputies use it to chase the 3 bank robbers out of town, he has one leg behind him bracing himself to stay standing while the horses gallop. There is a strap secured to the tray of the buckboard and he has the toe of his boot wedged in it to help keep his balance. See more »

Quotes

Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: Quit talkin' Mex in front of the infant!
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Connections

Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
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It is one of my favourite movies
25 December 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This might sound wondrous, but if You would ask me for my favourite movies I would say this is one of them. When I first saw the film I was so well entertained that I had not one minute I felt uncomfortable or bored, which is very seldom with me watching films. This is one of my three favourite westerns as well. It is sad to see, that in our days they are not able to make films like this one. Today they have good actors, affluence of money and technical means, but they have no soul to make films like that - and the audience, I fear, has the same deficiency. They get what they want or what they deserve. Maybe young people cannot find that movie so tremendously impressing. I am sorry for them. The movie is excellent in almost every respect. This movie is one strong example that movie-making has a right of existence. By the way it has a lot of good messages - which is also something I often miss in today's movies.


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