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Kyne's story "Broncho Billy and the Baby," which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in 1910 and was the basis for an Essanay short film of the same name, is said by one modern source to have been the basis for Kyne's novel The Three Godfathers. The novel was first published in The Saturday Evening Post on November 23, 1912. Parts of the film were shot in the Mojave Desert. Most contemporary sources credit Harvey Gates alone with the adaptation, but the copyright records credit both Gates and Le Saint. The actor "Mr. Briscoe" May be J. F. Briscoe. The film has been remade many times: in 1919 at Universal as Marked Man, with John Ford directing and Carey starring again; in 1930 by Universal as Hell's Heroes, with William Wyler directing and Charles Bickford starring (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2414); in 1936 by M-G-M with Richard Boleslawski directing and Chester Morris starring; in 1948 by M-G-M, with Ford directing again and John Wayne starring; and by ABC-TV in 1974 as The Godchild, with John Badham directing and Jack Palance starring.