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Hell's Heroes (1929)

When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to... 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 ... 'Barbwire' Tom 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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When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three 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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Certain of death at the end of a rope if he reached the town, the bad man fought his way thence against Death Valley heat and cruel thirst. (Print Ad-The Kyle News,((Kyle, Texas)) 25 April 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Far West See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Peter B. Kyne's bestselling 1913 novel, "The Three Godfathers", had been adapted twice before as successful Universal Silents, the first a six-reeler in 1916 and the second a John Ford remake, "Marked Men" in 1920. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of Three Godfathers (1936) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on a harmonica by Raymond Hatton
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Historic town of Bodie
14 September 2011 | by califcomedySee all my reviews

I viewed this film as a historical piece on locations. It is footage of the town of the old mining town of Bodie, pre-fire which destroyed 90% of the remaining town in 1933. It is now a state park and the official ghost town of Calif. Having visited several times, it was amazing to see actual businesses and buildings that no longer stand. And the ones that do - 80 years later. The church that is seen in several of the exteriors is still there today, but none of the buildings seen between it and the main street exist. This would have been, in 1929, a long way to travel for a location shot with crew and equipment. I'm glad they did.


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