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4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned very enjoyable John Ford Western starring John Wayne and Ward Bond as his worthy opponent.
This oft-filmed story is from a sentimental novel "The Three Godfathers" written by Peter B. Kyne. John Ford who had earlier made a silent version MARKED MEN (1919) with Harry Carey. Another remake THE THREE GODFATHERS (1936) was a highly acclaimed version directed by Richard Boleslawski. The 3 GODFATHERS (1948) reviewed here is noted for being Ford's first colour film...
Published on 23 July 2007 by Robert J. Evered

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3.0 out of 5 stars Visual treat
The scenery is gorgeous, the plot daft especially once the godfathers end up with the baby. But the scenery really is worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by W. Russell


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned very enjoyable John Ford Western starring John Wayne and Ward Bond as his worthy opponent., 23 July 2007
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This review is from: 3 Godfathers [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
This oft-filmed story is from a sentimental novel "The Three Godfathers" written by Peter B. Kyne. John Ford who had earlier made a silent version MARKED MEN (1919) with Harry Carey. Another remake THE THREE GODFATHERS (1936) was a highly acclaimed version directed by Richard Boleslawski. The 3 GODFATHERS (1948) reviewed here is noted for being Ford's first colour film and for its opening touching dedication to one of John Ford's early favourites: `To the memory of Harry Carey' - `Bright star of the early Western Sky.'

Three bank robbers Robert Marmaduke Hightower (John Wayne), Pedro `Pete' Roca Fuerte (Pedro Armendáriz) and William Kearney `The Abilene Kid' (Harry Carey Jr.) ride into the town of Welcome Arizona and rob the local bank on trying to make good their escape they hadn't reckoned on the tenacity of the marshal for the territory of Arizona Perley `Buck' Sweet (Ward Bond) and his deputy Curly (Hank Worden). Forming a posse they hop on a train, hoping to ambush the outlaws at Mojave Tanks. The three bad-men arrive just in time to see the train coming with the posse onboard. Waterless they decide to head north for Terrapin Tanks across a beautiful but hostile desert, hoping that the marshal would figure that they would head for the easier route to Apache Wells.

On arrival at Terrapin Tanks they discover that a greenhorn settler, has left his heavily pregnant wife in a covered wagon and had destroyed the Tanks with dynamite whilst trying to find water. The mother (Mildred Natwick) dies shortly after giving birth to a baby boy, but not before naming the boy Robert William Pedro Hightower after the outlaws and making them Godfathers to her newborn son and further promising to take him to the town of New Jerusalem. Having earlier lost their horses they struggle on, following a Biblical like Star across the desert on foot desperately trying to fulfil their promise to a dying woman. Closing in on the three godfathers is the ever-persistent Marshal Sweet. Will they or wont they make it to New Jerusalem with the newborn boy-child?

A great musical score by Richard Hageman with "The Streets of Laredo" filtering through as does once or twice a hint of the music from STAGECOACH (1939). Which is not surprising as Richard Hageman was responsible for that too! Nearly, if not all of the players here are Fords usual friends or favourites known affectionately as "Ford's Rolling Stock" many straight from Ford's previous film FORT APACHE (1948) all turning in good performances? Perhaps best of the lot was fittingly reserved for Harry Carey Jr. Perhaps it was one of Ford's little jokes or all that was available at the time but the baby boy in the film was obviously a girl (Amelia Yelda)!

Not one of John Ford's best Westerns judged by his own very high standards but never-the-less a very enjoyable one at anytime, but perhaps best of all during the Christmas period! This 2004 Warner Bros. DVD Release includes the Theatrical Trailer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL! A moving biblical story, with Star of Bethlehem, cowboys, desperados, six-shooters, Mojave desert and Christmas magic, 15 Oct 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 3 Godfathers [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
This 1948 film is a beautiful Christmas Story cleverly disguised as a western - and I loved every single minute of it! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Cattle thieves Robert Hightower (John Wayne), Pedro "Pete" Rocafuerte (Pedro Armendáriz) and William Kearney a.k.a "Abilene Kid" (Harry Carey, Jr.) arrive to Welcome, Arizona. Even if they are all wanted men, somehow at the beginning of the film they still don't have blood on their hands - in fact if for years they limited their criminal career to cattle rustling it was because "cows don't shoot back"...))) But now, tired of poverty, they decided to upgrade their activities by robbing town's bank - and even if they didn't intend to open fire, well, once you start robbing people at gun point bad things WILL happen... With one of them wounded and being followed by a very tenacious posse led by sheriff Buck Sweet (Ward Bond), they are forced to ride through the deadliest parts of Mojave desert - and there they meet somebody very unexpected. That meeting will change their lives instantly...

This film is the adaptation of a short story "Three godfathers" written in 1913. This story became so famous and popular that it was quickly adapted to cinema, in 1915, under the title "Bronco Billy and the baby". In 1916, a remake was produced, with Harry Carey (the father of Harey Carey Jr.) playing the leading role. John Ford directed the third adaptation "The Marked Men" in 1919, with Harry Carey again playing the leading role, but that film is nowadays lost. The story was again adapted to cinema as an early talking movie "Hell's Heroes" in 1929 and then in 1936, again under the original title "Three Godfathers". This 1948 film is therefore the SIXTH cinema adaptation (and the second made by John Ford) of the original story. As Harry Carey died in 1947, John Ford cast his son, Harry Carey Jr. in one of the three main roles. It was only the second role for this young actor who was going to play in further 90 films until his retirement in 1997 (he died recently, in 2012).

John Wayne plays here a character in the same time familiar to his fans - and also completely different, but I will say no more here... As for Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, he gives here probably the performance of his life.

I will not say much more about the story, but you must know, that this film is NOT EXACTLY a western. Oh sure, there is a lot of westerny things in it: cowboys, desperados (and one "bandido"), sheriff and his posse, six-shooters, Winchesters, deadly desert, frontier justice, etc. But in reality this is actually a Christmas Story and especially a profoundly Christian film in which virtually everything is an allusion to the Bible - so if you dislike such things, you will definitely not enjoy "3 Godfathers".

The story of Three Wise Men, complete with the Star of Bethlehem, is of course the first thing that comes to mind, but this is far from being the only or even the most important thing in this film. It contains also a very complete Via Dolorosa, reminding us very powerfully, that once we chose the path of righteousness and stick to it, well, even if sometimes this path may lead us to excruciating suffering and horrible death, it also always leads to salvation... In another scene we have an extremely impressive and absolutely heart-breaking retelling of the story of the murderer who was crucified on Jesus right and who sincerely repented in his last dying breath... We are reminded of the Hope, that very major Christian virtue, which dies last - and sometimes never... In a lighter register there is an absolutely irresistible, hilarious allusion to both the baptism and the anointing of Christ...))) In fact the most severe and most strictly observant Christians could even consider this scene as a little bit blasphemous, but I personally adored it.

Before offering a little bit of Christmas magic and a handful of pretty good jokes at the very end, this film certainly doesn't want for tragedy. People keep dying in it and as we came to knew them a little bit before, well, their passing is not an easy thing to watch - especially that they ALL have ample time to realise what is happening and they ALL have a difficult, painful death... On another hand that gives them the occasion to say last words and they are all worth hearing...

I was very moved by this film and I loved every single scene. This is a rare jewel to discover, watch, love and keep forever. ENJOY!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Film, 24 April 2008
This review is from: 3 Godfathers [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
John Wayne is quite different in this film. All the characters' have a humourous side to them.
The plot is a nice one and old-fashioned. Enjoyable to those who like westerns or even John Wayne himself.

I, myself, am not a fan of John Wayne but this film has changed my mind about him quite a bit. His character was good fun to watch. I must watch other films that he's in.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When humanism becomes a fact,then we 'll gather at the river, 12 Dec 2000
This review is from: 3 Godfathers [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Although when "The Three Godfathers", had been released in 1948, met a string of castigated reviews, this film is a true must for every fan of John Ford's films.Actually Ford has tackled twice with the same subject during the Hollywood silent period, usind in one of them his real life long friend, Harry Carey. So, the three godfathers come to be a dedication to Harry Carey, since during the main titles, one can see " To Harry Carey, a star of the early western sky" Moreover, The Three Godfathers introduce for the first time the son of Harry Carrey, Harry Carey Jr. in a magnificent performance accompanied by those of John Wayne (one of the best of his long-standing career) and Pedro Armendariz,Jr. The magnificent screenplay is signed by Frank S. Nuggent and Lawrence Stallings. The film discusses a real-life story in which three bandits found a dying woman in the desert and helped her to bear her child. Her last wish was these three to become godfathers of te child. I won't go on telling all the story, but i will finish with the lyrics sung at the end of the film "Shall we gather at the river, a beautiful beautiful river, gathered with the Saints at the river that flows by the throne of God?" That's all folks. I hope we 'll enjoy this magnificent film, and give way to many tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning western wih The Duke, 7 Sep 2013
This review is from: 3 Godfathers [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
I can't believe I liked this.When I watch a western,especially with The Duke,I want to see gunfights.This had no action but it didn't matter.It's a great film.Great performances,story - re-telling the three wise men in the wild west and visually stunning.This puts the desert sequences in the likes of The Good,The Bad and The Ugly in the shadow despite been made 18 years earlier.The desert visuals are fantastic and the sharp quality of the DVD fully does them justice.A sentimental (without been mawkish) and humourous western from John Ford.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne, 17 Feb 2013
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If you are a John Wayne fan I would definitely recommend this film, I love the parallels to the Bible story. Brilliant John Wayne as usual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental and affecting piece from Ford., 5 Jun 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Having already made a version of the story in 1919 as Marked Men with Harry Carey, John Ford clearly had a kink for this delightful redemption parable. Opening with a touching tribute to his friend and mentor Carey, who had sadly passed away the previous year {and who also starred in the 1916 version of The Three Godfathers}, it was also the first out and out Ford Western to be made in colour. The story tells of three outlaws-Robert Hightower {John Wayne}, Pedro "Pete" Fuerte {Pedro Armendariz} and The Abilene Kid {Harry Carey Junior}- who after robbing a bank in Welcome, are on the run from the law led posse. After hitting problems in a desert sandstorm, the men struggle on to Terrapin Tanks where they happen across a woman in labour. Giving birth to her child, but sadly on her death bed, the woman begs the men to take care of her baby. They agree and embark on a perilous journey to get the child safely to "New Jerusalem"........

It's an odd sort of Western, but in a good way. Backed up by the usual high standard of location work from Ford and the irrepressible Winton Hoch. And with customary staunch support work from Ward Bond as the Sheriff. 3 Godfathers is a must see in relation to the careers of John Ford and John Wayne. It has a mixed reputation from fans of the two John's, but one thing that can possibly be true about the piece is that once viewed, it's unlikely to be forgotten. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 godfathers, 12 Dec 2012
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In my opinion not one of John Waynes best but still he plays his roll well just wished it had a bit more action
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne DVD, 7 Jan 2012
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Arrived in one day. First class quality. Would buy from them again. The only thing is I should not have to write all this crap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 3 Godfathers, 23 Sep 2011
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This is definately one of my most favourite John Wayne movies. I think this is one of his best performances of his career.
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