3 Godfathers (1948)

3 Godfathers (1948) Movie

3 Godfathers

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(USA) - 1 December 1948
(Sweden) - 5 September 1949
(Finland) - 14 April 1950
(France) - 17 November 1950
(Japan) - 6 May 1953

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John Ford's Legend of the Southwest!

allegory, arizona, arm-sling, baby, banjo, bank-robbery, banker, bar, bartender, bible, birth, broken-leg, burial, burro, cactus, canteen, chaps, chess, child-in-peril, childbirth, christmas, covered-wagon, cowboy, dead-mother, dead-woman-with-eyes-open


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Cast of 3 Godfathers

  1. Armendáriz, Pedro as (as Pedro Armendariz) [Pedro 'Pete' Roca Fuerte] <2>
  2. Bond, Ward as [Perley 'Buck' Sweet] <4>
  3. Carey Jr., Harry as [William Kearney ('The Abilene Kid')] <3>
  4. Curtis, Jack (I) as (uncredited) [Bartender]
  5. Dugan, Michael (I) as [Posse Man #2] <15>
  6. Ford, Francis (I) as (uncredited) [Drunken Old-Timer at Bar]
  7. Hageman, Richard as (uncredited) [Saloon Pianist]
  8. Halton, Charles as [Oliver Latham] <11>
  9. Johnson, Ben (I) as [Posse Man #1] <10>
  10. Kibbee, Guy as [Judge] <8>
  11. Libby, Fred as [Deputy] <14>
  12. Lyons, Cliff (I) as (uncredited) [Guard at Mojave Tanks]
  13. Pennick, Jack as [Luke] <13>
  14. Summers, Don (II) as [Posse Man #3] <16>
  15. Tenbrook, Harry as (uncredited) [Bartender #2]
  16. Wayne, John (I) as [Robert Marmaduke Hightower] <1>
  17. Worden, Hank as [Deputy Curly] <12>
  18. Astor, Gertrude as (uncredited) [Townswoman]
  19. Clifford, Ruth as (uncredited) [Woman in Bar]
  20. Darwell, Jane as [Miss Florie] <7>
  21. Ford, Dorothy (I) as [Ruby Latham] <9>
  22. Marsh, Mae as [Mrs. Perley Sweet] <5>
  23. Natwick, Mildred as [The Mother] <6>
  24. Novak, Eva as (uncredited) [Townswoman]
  25. Yelda, Amelia as (uncredited) [Robert William Pedro Hightower (the Baby)]

  26. All Cast

Genres in 3 Godfathers

  1. Drama
  2. Western

Plot of 3 Godfathers

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.
Jim Beaver Full Plot >>

Business of 3 Godfathers

CP: Copyright MCMXLVIII in U.S.A. by Loew's Incorporated PD: May 1948 - June 1948

Certificate of 3 Godfathers

Atp (Argentina)
12 (West Germany)(f) (original rating)
o.Al. (West Germany)(re-rating)
6 (Germany)
Approved (USA)(certificate #13312)
14A (Canada)(video rating)
Passed (USA)(National Board of Review)
12 (Norway)
S (Finland)
15 (Sweden)
A (UK)(original rating)
U (UK)(video rating) (1995)

Composers of music of 3 Godfathers

  1. Hageman, Richard

Cinematographers of 3 Godfathers

  1. Hoch, Winton C. (as Winton Hoch)

Distributors of 3 Godfathers

Gold Western [br] - (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (2000) (USA) (VHS)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [de] - (1956) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us] - (1948) (USA) (theatrical)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us] - (1962) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release)
Screen Classics [gb] - (1997) (UK) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [ca] - (2011) (Canada) (DVD) (4 film set)
Warner Home Video [de] - (2007) (Germany) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2011) (USA) (DVD) (4 film set)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (2006) (Brazil) (DVD)
Wonder Multimídia [br] - (2002) (Brazil) (DVD)

Editors of 3 Godfathers

  1. Murray, Jack (I)

Misc of 3 Godfathers

  1. Cooper, Merian C. (presenter)
  2. Davis, Sid (I) (stand-in: John Wayne) (uncredited)
  3. Farrell, Lowell J. (assistant to director) (as Lowell Farrell)
  4. Ford, John (I) (presenter)
  5. Jones, Stan (I) (technical advisor) (uncredited)
  6. Kalmus, Natalie (technicolor color director)
  7. Kelly, Pat (XIV) (script supervisor) (uncredited)
  8. Padelford, Morgan (associate technicolor color director)
  9. Stern, Meta (script supervisor) (uncredited)

Quotes of 3 Godfathers

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.

[Buck has just donned his vest, revealing his sheriff's badge]
Perley 'Buck' Sweet: I'll be seeing you boys... prob'ly.

[as Buck and the deputies are chasing the three outlaws, Buck shoots the outlaws' water bag. He then stops chasing them]
Deputy: Gosh, Marshal, you missed 'em.
Perley 'Buck' Sweet: They ain't payin' me to kill folks. Them Texas boys are gonna be mighty thirsty before they get to water.

Pedro "Pete' Roca Fuerte: [dying] Hey, Bob... I just remembered what tomorrow is. Feliz Navidad.

[repeated line]
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower: ...little Robert...
William Kearney: Robert William.
Pedro "Pete' Roca Fuerte: Robert William Pedro.

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

Other Titles of 3 Godfathers

  1. In nome di Dio (1948) (ENG)

  2. Spuren im Sand (1956) (ENG)

  3. Spuren im Sand (1956) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  4. Three Godfathers (1948) (ENG)
    (UK) (imdb display title)

  5. Three Godfathers (1948) (ENG)
    (USA) (alternative spelling)

  6. Spuren im Sand (1956) (GER)
    (West Germany)

  7. In nome di Dio (1948) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations of 3 Godfathers

  1. Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
  2. Carson & Colorado Railroad, Owens Valley, California, USA
  3. Death Valley National Park, California, USA
  4. Keeler, California, USA
  5. Mojave Desert, California, USA
  6. RKO Encino Ranch - Balboa Boulevard & Burbank Boulevard, Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
  7. Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Trivia of 3 Godfathers

- For the scene where Deputy Curly ('Hank Worden' (qv)) has trouble pulling a mule about a train, director 'John Ford (I)' (qv) rigged the reins to pull backwards whenever Worden pulled forward.

- When 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) is "greasing" the baby boy, Robert William Pedro, it is evident that the baby boy is actually a baby girl.

- This is a remake of the silent film _The Three Godfathers (1916)_ (qv), which starred Ford's long-time friend 'Harry Carey' (qv). 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.' (qv), plays one of the three, "The Abilene Kid".

- 'John Ford (I)' (qv) had a greensman water a cactus overnight to allow it to be squeezed for water.

- 'John Wayne (I)' (qv)'s character, Robert Marmaduke Hightower, was named by director 'John Ford (I)' (qv) after his favorite stuntman, 'Bryan 'Slim' Hightower' (qv), who also worked on this picture.

- 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) was badly sun burnt while filming _3 Godfathers (1948)_ (qv) and was briefly hospitalized.

- Ford had previously directed a silent film version of the same story, called 'Marked Men (1919)'. No prints of Full Trivia >>