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Hell's Heroes (1929)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 5 January 1930 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Peter B. Kyne (from the story by: "The Three Godfathers"), Tom Reed (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bickford ... Bob Sangster
Raymond Hatton ... Tom 'Barbwire' Gibbons
Fred Kohler ... 'Wild Bill' Kearney
Fritzi Ridgeway ... Mother
Joe De La Cruz Joe De La Cruz ... José (as Jo de la Cruz)
Walter James Walter James ... Sheriff
Maria Alba ... Carmelita
Buck Connors ... Parson Jones (as 'Buck' Conners)
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Storyline

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 Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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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 »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Shooting began in early August, 1929. See more »

Alternate Versions

Universal also issued this movie as a silent, with film length 1778.81 m. See more »

Connections

Version of Broncho Billy and the Baby (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on a harmonica by Raymond Hatton
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Point made, fade out...
25 April 2003 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 January 1930 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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