Three Godfathers
Three Godfathers (1948)

This film is John Ford's second version of Peter B. Kyne's western about three outlaws who adopt and care for a baby they find in the desert. The three outlaws are on the run from the law, yet they risk their lives to bring the baby… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1948
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

TV Guide

A wonderful, sentimental western.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gorgeously photographed Ford version of the often filmed story.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There are humor and honest tear-jerking in this visually beautiful film.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Reworking of the 3 wise men story out west is very good Ford.


It's phoney, it's bunk -- and it might just persuade you of a beautiful lie.

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Emanuel Levy

John Ford, who had shot this popular tale as a silent, remade it with John Wayne, emphasizing even more the religious symbolism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wayne as the Prodigal Son delivering the Christ child seemed a bit of a stretch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
yeah it's a little corny but it's one of ford's most beautifully shot and that's saying something
Dean McKenna
Director John Ford's second version of Peter B. Kyne's biblically oriented Western features John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., and Pedro Armendaria as three… More
Bruce Bruce
Number 3 in the quest of 30 by Christmas. This one talks about Christmas but doesn't have a overall theme of Christmas till its end. The Duke John Wayne… More
Conner Rainwater
This is just a great movie that's both fun and well made. It must be the first John Wayne/John Ford movie in color and it's truly beautiful to look… More