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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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Pedro 'Pete' Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
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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 (111) »

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Drama | Western

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Release Date:

1 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Godfathers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

In the chase scenes after the bank robbery, the shadows change location repeatedly, indicating the scenes were shot at different times of the day. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: ...little Robert...
William Kearney: Robert William.
Pedro "Pete' Roca Fuerte: Robert William Pedro.
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Referenced in The Flash: Be My Baby (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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