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3 Godfathers | 1948 | John Wayne Pedro Armendáriz


Queasily kind-hearted action comedy – filmed umpteen times before and since – in which three outlaws are forced to take care of an orphaned baby. Of all Ford’s westerns, this is the one that best shows his unblinking attachment to a sentimental, mythical view of the West – one governed by codes of decency and chivalry that only existed in his head.
This is the film against which the revisionist westerns of the 1960s and 1970s were aligned: mounted gunmen sweetened into cuddly uncles, for the benefit of the American public. It’s phoney, it’s bunk – and it might just persuade you of a beautiful lie.

cast
John Wayne as Robert Marmaduke Hightower
Pedro Armendáriz as Pedro ‘Pete’ Roca Fuerte
Harry Carey, Jr. as William Kearney (‘The Abilene Kid’)
Ward Bond as Perley ‘Buck’ Sweet
Mae Marsh as Mrs. Perley Sweet
Mildred Natwick as The Mother
Jane Darwell as Miss Florie
Guy Kibbee as Judge
Dorothy Ford as Ruby Latham
Ben Johnson as Posse man #1
Charles Halton as Oliver Latham
Hank Worden as Deputy Curly
Jack Pennick as Luke
Fred Libby as Deputy
Michael Dugan as Posse Man #2
Don Summers as Posse Man #3
Gertrude Astor as Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Richard Hageman as Saloon Pianist (uncredited)
Nora Bush as Townswoman (uncredited)
Eva Novak as Townswoman (uncredited)
Charles Soldani as Townsman (uncredited)
Ruth Clifford as Woman in Bar (uncredited)
Jack Curtis as Bartender (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook as Bartender (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll as Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Kenny as Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Mower as Barfly (uncredited)
Francis Ford as Drunk (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons as Guard at Mojave Tanks (uncredited)
Amelia Yelda as Robert William Pedro Hightower (the Baby) (uncredited)
crew
Director: John Ford
US | 106 minutes | 1948

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