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3 Godfathers (1948) Poster

(1948)

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John Wayne was badly sunburned while filming this and was briefly hospitalized.
When John Wayne is "greasing" the baby boy, Robert William Pedro, it is evident that the baby boy is actually a baby girl.
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".
John Fordhad previously directed a silent film version of the same story, called Marked Men (1919). No prints of this films are known to be in existence.
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For the scene where Deputy Curly (Hank Worden) has trouble pulling a mule about a train, director John Ford rigged the reins to pull backwards whenever Worden pulled forward.
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John Ford had a greensman water a cactus overnight to allow it to be squeezed for water.
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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.
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This film was first telecast in New York City on WCBS 4 September 1957, in Los Angeles on KTTV 20 December 1957, and in San Francisco on KGO-TV 9 May 1958. At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.
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This film inspired the anime film Tokyo Godfathers, as it takes a few plot points from it. (Three unlikely people find a baby and try to return him to his parents).
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John Ford dedicated this movie "To Harry Carey--Bright Star Of The Early Western Sky." Harry Carey died in 1947, the year before this picture was released.
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