3 Godfathers
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John Ford had already directed one of the three previous film versions of Peter Kyne's novel under the title Marked Men (1919) with his mentor Harry Carey, a great cowboy star of the silent era who had recently died. It's not difficult to see how the story's sentimentality and Christian symbolism might have appealed to the director's sensibility. John Wayne stars as Bob Hightower, the leader of a trio of thieves who rob a bank in Arizona and take off with the posse of Sheriff Buck Sweet (Ward Bond) in close pursuit. Although they need to stop to water their horses and care for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"he last reel, with Wayne explicitly identified as the Prodigal Son and a general collapse into mawkishness, might almost have strayed in from another movie."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A wonderful, sentimental western."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gorgeously photographed Ford version of the often filmed story."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There are humor and honest tear-jerking in this visually beautiful film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Reworking of the 3 wise men story out west is very good Ford."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"It's phoney, it's bunk -- and it might just persuade you of a beautiful lie."
‑ , Film4
"John Ford, who had shot this popular tale as a silent, remade it with John Wayne, emphasizing even more the religious symbolism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wayne as the Prodigal Son delivering the Christ child seemed a bit of a stretch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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