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Three Godfathers (1936)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 6 March 1936 (USA)
Four outlaws come to New Jerusalem, a town full of courteous and religious people, to rob the bank. After shooting the president of the bank, only three make it out of town followed by the ... See full summary »

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Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play), Manuel Seff (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Bob Sangster
Lewis Stone ... James Underwood - aka 'Doc'
Walter Brennan ... Sam Bartow - aka Gus
Irene Hervey ... Molly
Sidney Toler ... Prof. Snape
Dorothy Tree ... Blackie Winters
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Sheriff
Willard Robertson ... Rev. McLane
Robert Livingston ... Frank Benson
John Sheehan ... Ed Barrow
Joseph Marievsky Joseph Marievsky ... Pedro
Victor Potel ... 'Buck Tooth'
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. George Marshall
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Marcus Treen
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. McLane
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Storyline

Four outlaws come to New Jerusalem, a town full of courteous and religious people, to rob the bank. After shooting the president of the bank, only three make it out of town followed by the posse. By the time they get to the second desert water hole, they find it dry and also find a wagon with a dying mother and baby. When the horses are dead the next morning, the three outlaws have no choice but to try to walk back to New Jerusalem and only two want to take the baby. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ON THE BRINK OF HELL.. A BABY'S SMILE CAME INTO THE DARKENED SOULS OF THREE BAD MEN! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express ((Buffalo NY)) 4 April 1936)

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Godfathers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sam McDaniel (Cook), Dewey Robinson and Charles Stevens (Horse Thieves) are in studio records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Bob' Sangster: There ain't no Santy Claus!
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Version of The Three Godfathers (1916) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Unexpectedly tough philosophical western
10 December 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

This was a complete surprise after seeing the John Wayne version first. First of all it is one of the toughest westerns I've seen from the 1930's. Chester Morris is remarkable in his role. The subtlety and naturalism in his acting is really unusual for a film from this era. He says things that would be delivered with a theatrical snarl in lesser westerns but here it comes off believable. Lewis Stone gives depth and Walter Brennan goes from annoying to sympathetic by the end of the film. The baby does a good job as well.

Most westerns from the thirties (especially the serials) are about as unbelievable as you can get and acted unnaturally as well. This film has a gritty realism that wouldn't be seen until the late 50's and the 60's. The script is intellectually well above many other films of the time as well. How many films have ever talked (even briefly) about Schopenhauer? The photography is very good and mostly out of the studio. The only problem the film has is that the actors never really look like they are in desperate health, especially the baby. Other than that I recommend this highly.


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