When three men rob a bank, a guard is killed and the three bandits escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers ...
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When three men rob a bank, a guard is killed and the three bandits escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to learn that the baby's father was the man they killed in the holdup. When the woman dies they head back, but they have little water and it is 40 miles.Written by
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Flaming passion, cruel greed, glorious self-sacrifice- they're all in this piercingly dramatic story of three bad men who became the godfathers of a new-born babe in the heart of Death Valley. (Print Ad-Carbon County News, ((Red Lodge, Mont.)) 6 March 1930) See more »
There is something captivating about this, the second film adaptation of Three Godfathers. For one, the settings bear the marks of reality.the dusty western town surrounded by vistas of nothingness.the gritty contrast thrown into stark relief by the desert sun. I kept wondering why this film's settings seemed like the real west(or at least my imaginings of it) so much more than today's westerns. Perhaps it was merely the fact that this film, from '29 was only that many years from the real thing. Another early talkie which benefits from the technological limitations of the time. No music scoring.just the plodding of boots, horse's hooves, and the spare dialogue of the three characters. It brought home the isolation of the main characters and the desolation of their surroundings. Yes, the ending was symbolically top-heavy and dialogue was stagy, but there was still that economy of story Hollywood so sadly lacks now. Point made, fade out.
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