Three Godfathers (1948)
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The Three Godfathers is John Ford's second version of Peter B. Kyne's western about three outlaws who adopt and care for a baby they find in the desert (he originally filmed the story in 1919 as Marked Men). The three outlaws--played by John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, and Harry Carey Jr., the son of the star of Marked Men,--are on the run from the law, yet they risk their lives to bring the baby to the nearest town.
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Critic Reviews for Three Godfathers
he last reel, with Wayne explicitly identified as the Prodigal Son and a general collapse into mawkishness, might almost have strayed in from another movie.
There are humor and honest tear-jerking in this visually beautiful film.
John Ford, who had shot this popular tale as a silent, remade it with John Wayne, emphasizing even more the religious symbolism.
Reworking of the 3 wise men story out west is very good Ford.
Wayne as the Prodigal Son delivering the Christ child seemed a bit of a stretch.
Gorgeously photographed Ford version of the often filmed story.
It's phoney, it's bunk -- and it might just persuade you of a beautiful lie.
Audience Reviews for Three Godfathers
yeah it's a little corny but it's one of ford's most beautifully shot and that's saying somethingMore
Number 3 in the quest of 30 by Christmas. This one talks about Christmas but doesn't have a overall theme of Christmas till its end. The Duke John Wayne plays a bad guy in this film, something that was rare, after robbing a bank The Duke and his partners go across the desert to avoid the law, when they happen upon a women having a baby, before she dies she makes them the boys godfathers and promise to keep her baby alive, so sets the theme for this Mild Western. Found it on a list of Christmas movies, have never seen it on TV, again has a Christian theme and gospel singing, a rarity on TV these days. Today's Hollywood is based on the more smut the better even this time of the year. Its worth your time and 4 starsMore
This is just a great movie that's both fun and well made. It must be the first John Wayne/John Ford movie in color and it's truly beautiful to look at. While it's a premise that certainly could have become corny, it doesn't and manages to have a great message. The chemistry between the three bank robbers is one of the many qualities it has, friendship is such a powerful theme in this. While it draws parallels with the three wisemen, it definitely doesn't steal and is extremely original and fresh.More
Director John Ford's second version of Peter B. Kyne's biblically oriented Western features John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., and Pedro Armendaria as three good-hearted outlaws who discover a baby in the desert and dedicate themselves to saving its life. The three leads work well together, and Ford's stock company adds grit to the sentimental story.More
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