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3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 13 January 1949 (USA)
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

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 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)

Gross USA:

$2,078,000, 31 December 1948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,841,000, 31 December 1948
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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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Trivia

This film does not get the recognition for the religious and Christmas connection made by the characters as they struggle to survive the desert with a newborn baby. The connection between 3 Godfathers and 3 Magi are made as is the "follow the star" motif in the hike out of the desert to water. Even the town names are religiously themed. Its not schmaltzy but a simple spiritual awakening of the 3 outlaws that is part of the story...that its part of the culture to rob a bank but equally a part of their responsibility to care for an abandoned mother and her new baby. See more »

Goofs

The coach car on the train in Welcome has 7 windows, no roof-walk, and the number under the windows. The car at Mojave Tanks, which is supposed to be the same, has 5 windows, a roof-walk, and the number in front of the windows. The 5-window car also has no interior, as seen through the rear door. See more »

Quotes

Posse Member #1: A lot of boys stick up stagecoaches and banks and one thing and another. But a man who would dynamite a water hole in this kind of country is downright criminal.
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Connections

Referenced in Ice Age (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holy City
(uncredited)
Music by Michael Maybrick (alias Stephen Adams)
Lyrics by Frederic Weatherly
[Sung by patrons at bar]
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It is one of my favourite movies
25 December 2006 | by Romanus NiesSee all my reviews

This might sound wondrous, but if You would ask me for my favourite movies I would say this is one of them. When I first saw the film I was so well entertained that I had not one minute I felt uncomfortable or bored, which is very seldom with me watching films. This is one of my three favourite westerns as well. It is sad to see, that in our days they are not able to make films like this one. Today they have good actors, affluence of money and technical means, but they have no soul to make films like that - and the audience, I fear, has the same deficiency. They get what they want or what they deserve. Maybe young people cannot find that movie so tremendously impressing. I am sorry for them. The movie is excellent in almost every respect. This movie is one strong example that movie-making has a right of existence. By the way it has a lot of good messages - which is also something I often miss in today's movies.


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