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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 13 January 1949 (USA)
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Three outlaws on the run find a dying woman in the desert who gives birth to a baby. The mother entrusts the care of the child to the three men.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Laurence Stallings (screenplay), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower
Pedro Armendáriz ... Pedro Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
Harry Carey Jr. ... William Kearney ('The Abilene Kid')
Ward Bond ... Perley 'Buck' Sweet
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Perley Sweet
Mildred Natwick ... The Mother
Jane Darwell ... Miss Florie
Guy Kibbee ... Judge
Dorothy Ford ... Ruby Latham
Ben Johnson ... Posse Man #1
Charles Halton ... Oliver Latham
Hank Worden ... Deputy Curly
Jack Pennick ... Luke
Fred Libby Fred Libby ... Deputy
Michael Dugan 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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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Godfathers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,243,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Argosy Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

The Bible used as a prop has marginal cross-references, but the Bible pages used in the close-up shot, as read by Bob, do not. See more »

Quotes

Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: Quit talkin' Mex in front of the infant!
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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful River (Shall We Gather at the River)
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Written by Robert Lowry and Charles Ives
Performed by Harry Carey Jr.
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Visual Poetry
17 October 2003 | by KalamanSee 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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