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Three Godfathers (1936)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 6 March 1936 (USA)
Four outlaws come to New Jerusalem, a town full of courteous and religious people, to rob the bank. After shooting the president of the bank, only three make it out of town followed by the ... See full summary »

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Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play), Manuel Seff (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Bob Sangster
Lewis Stone ... James Underwood - aka 'Doc'
Walter Brennan ... Sam Bartow - aka Gus
Irene Hervey ... Molly
Sidney Toler ... Prof. Snape
Dorothy Tree ... Blackie Winters
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Sheriff
Willard Robertson ... Rev. McLane
Robert Livingston ... Frank Benson
John Sheehan ... Ed Barrow
Joseph Marievsky Joseph Marievsky ... Pedro
Victor Potel ... 'Buck Tooth'
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. George Marshall
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Marcus Treen
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. McLane
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Four outlaws come to New Jerusalem, a town full of courteous and religious people, to rob the bank. After shooting the president of the bank, only three make it out of town followed by the posse. By the time they get to the second desert water hole, they find it dry and also find a wagon with a dying mother and baby. When the horses are dead the next morning, the three outlaws have no choice but to try to walk back to New Jerusalem and only two want to take the baby. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Action | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Wunder in der Wüste See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sam McDaniel (Cook), Dewey Robinson and Charles Stevens (Horse Thieves) are in studio records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

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Robert 'Bob' Sangster: There ain't no Santy Claus!
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Version of The Three Godfathers (1916) See more »

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Three men and a baby in the wild wild west
25 July 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This touching moral lesson had been done as a silent version and in another version which is more known because of the renown of its director John Ford, but this version is equally as good as the latter version. Being an MGM version, it's a bit smaltzy as MGM movies of the thirties tended to emphasize that aspect of a story but director, Richard Boleslawski is able to keep the proceedings honest and true. Chester Morris, Lewis Stone and Walter Brennan are very good as the outlaws who ride into and rob a bank in a pious town - Chester Morris plays the "I don't give a damn" cowboy perfectly and with resonance. They make their getaway and in the desert find a baby, and the psychological issues of right and wrong as their paternal, maternal and surrogate parental instincts that exist in all of us take over. As they try to save the child, the trials and tribulations they go through bring out the best qualities of human nature in all of them in us, the audience, as well.


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