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3 Godfathers

3 Godfathers(1949)

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  • 3 godfathers

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/26/15

    Haven't seen it in forty years and I'd forgotten how fine a film it is. Sure it's sentimental, but it never veers into corny, and there is such an aura of genuine goodness about it that, when the three deaths, upon which the story turns, do occur, you find yourself greatly affected. I also like the fact that this is not just a Big Duke picture. If anything, Harry Carey Jr. is the moral center of the film. And the main character in the key scene of the birth is Pedro Armendariz (and kudos to director John Ford for using a Latino to play a Latino, which was certainly not common in 1953.) Additionally, there is a fine screenplay by Laurence Stallings and Frank Nugent. Love the scene where Wayne delivers a scornful soliloquy on the feckless father of the infant. My favorite scene, though, is when Wayne staggers, with the baby and the mules, into a saloon in the desert town of Jerusalem, Arizona, where the bartender, the piano player, the saloon girls and the customers all appear to be well over sixty. It makes you think that Wayne may be hallucinating the whole thing. Ford meets David Lynch? Well, probably not, but maybe. Also, this movie has an intimate, controlled feel that is unusual for Ford, with none of his self indulgent, broad humor or boring young lovers to distract you from the thrust of the story. Indeed, there is not a single bad performance among the cast. Wayne, Carey Jr, Armendariz, Ward Bond; all are great. Give it an A minus. (Religious stuff can sometimes hit you over the head.) P.S. This movie has my favorite rendition of "Shall We Gather At The River?" sung by Carey Jr. when the 3 godfathers bury the mom.

  • 3 godfathers

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/16/15

    Alice, I feel ya. But do we really wanna see The Duke figuring out what to use as a safety pin?

  • Three great godfathers!

    • Alice
    • 12/23/13

    Elise: The reason the three godfathers never have to change a diaper is:this movie was directed by a man, starred by three men.None of these guys know the first thing about tending to babies!

  • Three great godfathers!

    • Elise
    • 12/23/13

    Three great godfathers!But how is it that they never have to change a diaper! Not one!

  • 3 godfathers

    • Vince
    • 6/27/13

    Great holiday film

  • 3 godfathers

    • donna burgess
    • 2/26/11

    Inspirational, heartwarming,and funny. will truly make you feel good to watch this movie. Hey what can i say John Wayne - my hero. and its hard to come by true American hero's these days. John Ford always puts on a good show. one of my favorites.

  • Great Christmas movie

    • Donna
    • 12/7/10

    This is my husband's 2nd favorite Christmas movie (We're No Angels with Humphrey Bgart is #1). Wonderful cast, great story. Christmas in the Old West. John Wayne and Ward Bond. What better Christmas present could there be.

  • WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS MOVIE

    • Melissa Canning
    • 12/18/09

    This is a sweet, funny, and sentimental western that any old movie lover, especially of John Wayne, will enjoy. Watch it just before Christmas for the best effect!

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