V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

3 Godfathers

V' 14

3 Godfathers

John Ford
USA, 1948
106min, OF

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3 Godfathers

John Ford
USA, 1948
, 106min, OF

Actors: 
John Wayne
Pedro Armendáriz
Harry Carey Jr.
Ward Bond
Mae Marsh
Mildred Natwick
Jane Darwell
Guy Kibbee
Dorothy Ford
Charles Halton
Hank Worden
Fred Libby
Contributors: 
Original novel
«The Three Godfathers» by Peter B. Kyne
Screenplay: 
Laurence Stallings
Sound: 
Joseph I. Kane
Frank Moran
Camera: 
Winton C. Hoch
Editor: 
Jack Murray
Composer: 
Richard Hageman
Decoration: 
James Basevi
Costume: 
D.R.O. Hatswell

Production: 
Argosy Pictures Corporation
Format: 
35 mm
Color

In 3 GODFATHERS, based on Peter B. Kynes's allegorical novel, a trio of bandits robs a small-town bank in Arizona under the nose of the Sheriff. Although one of the gang is wounded, the trio makes a clean getaway, with the Sheriff in close pursuit. Realizing that a trap is set for them at the Mojave water tank, the bandits head toward Terrapin Tanks but lose the trail and their horses in a terrible sandstorm. Now on foot, they find the tanks defunct but come upon a lone covered wagon with a woman about to give birth. Although they're able to deliver the baby, the mother dies but not before getting the bandits to promise to protect her child. This is Ford's sentimental tribute to the great Western icon Harry Carey Sr., which combines rousing action scenes with surprisingly subtle moments of self-sacrifice, redemption and love.

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