3 Godfathers

3 Godfathers

By John Ford

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1948-12-01
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Director: John Ford
  • Production Company: Argosy Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 5.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 1.99
From 98 Ratings


Screen legend John Wayne ("Stagecoach," "Rio Bravo," "True Grit," "The Searchers") stars in this touching western about three half-hearted outlaws who go on the run with an orphaned infant they find in the desert. Directed by the great Oscar-winner John Ford ("Stagecoach," "Mogambo," "The Grapes of Wrath"). Co-starring Ward Bond ("My Darling Clementine," "Gentleman Jim"), Harry Carey Jr. ("Tombstone") and Oscar-nominee Mildred Natwick ("Barefoot in the Park").




  • A Christmas movie as moving as any other

    By Splong
    I just saw this and it's just great. Fantastic introductory performance by Harry Carey Jr. Pedro Armendáriz is both moving and funny. Of course, Ward Bond and John Wayne are incredibly good as well. It's a story about three flawed men keeping their promises and doing right even in the harshest of circumstances, and the power of that keen sense of duty to challenge and ultimately change them.
  • Old fashioned Ford

    By LC/F Bill
    As I understand it, this is a remake of a John Ford silent and was dedicated to Harry Carey, who Ford directed in the silent era. It is a really old fashioned story in the best sense. Unlike most westerns of its era or since, the hardship imposed by the harsh conditions of the frontier West are a constant player in the drama. It really reminds me of the kind of stories I used to hear from older relatives when I was a kid. On that background, you have suberb, dramatic color cinematogarphy, effective use of music and some really outstanding actors (headlined by John Wayne at the height of his powers). So what is not to like? Well, I hear that some people think of the plot as corny. Well, heck, if you don't mist up at some obvious religious symbology, then this one is not for you. But, if you don't get misty at that stuff, just what is for you?