Three Godfathers 1948

3 Godfathers

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Thieves and rustlers Robert Hightower (John Wayne), Pete Fuerte (Pedro Armendáriz) and the Abilene Kid (Harry Carey Jr.) rob a bank in a small Arizona town. Pursued across the desert by the indefatigable Sheriff Buck Sweet (Ward Bond), the trio lose their horses, suffer injuries, and come across a stranded woman (Mildred Natwick) who is dying while giving birth. Promising to carry the woman's newborn to safety, the repentant criminals struggle to reach the village of New Jerusalem.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Robert Marmaduke Hightower
Pedro Armendáriz
Pedro 'Pete' Roca Fuerte
Harry Carey Jr.
William Kearney
Ward Bond
Perley "Buck" Sweet
Charles Halton
Oliver Latham
Jane Darwell
Miss Florie
Mae Marsh
Mrs. Perley Sweet
Dorothy Ford
Ruby Latham
John Ford
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John Ford
Producer
Frank S. Nugent
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Critic Reviews for Three Godfathers

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Audience Reviews for Three Godfathers

  • Dec 31, 2013
    yeah it's a little corny but it's one of ford's most beautifully shot and that's saying something
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2010
    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 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2010
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2008
    what in the fuck? a re-telling of the christmas story in the wild west! the three wise men do a bank robbery, have a lack of water and a baby boy later they're following a star and quoting bible passages. despite all that it is rather watchable... especially towards the last half hour. i think it's made more for viewing during the festive season and maybe i was being a bit generous with 3 stars but hell... john wayne's in it... and carrot top (harry carey jr.) weren't bad either. gotta admit i did expect a lil more though from john ford... the man who made the horse soldiers with wayne
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