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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower
... Pedro Roca Fuerte (as Pedro Armendariz)
... William Kearney ('The Abilene Kid')
... Perley 'Buck' Sweet
... Mrs. Perley Sweet
... The Mother
... Miss Florie
... Judge
... Ruby Latham
... Posse Man #1
... Oliver Latham
... Deputy Curly
Jack Pennick ... Luke
Fred Libby ... Deputy
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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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest! (lobby card) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Godfathers  »

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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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(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of the silent film The Three Godfathers (1916), which starred Ford's long-time friend Harry Carey. When Carey died in 1947, Ford decided to remake the story in Technicolor and dedicate the film to his memory. Carey's son, Harry Carey Jr., plays one of the three, "The Abilene Kid". The film Three Godfathers (1936) is based on the same source, so this film is, in some sense, a remake of that film as well. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Hightower is greasing the baby, Bill Kearny holds up his hat to give shade over the baby. At that point, the sun is high in the east. But in the next shot, when they are finished greasing the baby and are applying a makeshift diaper, the shadow from the covered wagon shows that the sun is to the west. See more »

Quotes

Judge: [during sentencing] Robert Marmaduke Hightower...
Perley 'Buck' Sweet: Marmaduke? Haw, haw...
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: Perley!
[crowd laughs]
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Connections

Version of Three Godfathers (1936) 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
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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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