ProducerJoseph L. Mankiewicz Duration CountryUnited States
WriterPeter B. Kyne, Edward E. Paramore, Jr., Manuel Seff Release dateMarch 6, 1936 CastChester Morris (Bob), Lewis Stone ('Doc'), Walter Brennan (Gus), Irene Hervey (Molly), Sidney Toler (Professor Snape), Dorothy Tree (Blackie) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Cowboys & Aliens, The Switch, Nine Months, Young Guns, Southland Tales
Three Godfathers is a 1936 western film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter B. Kyne. Three bank robbers find a newborn baby and his dying mother in the desert. Director John Ford remade the story in 1948 with 3 Godfathers, starring John Wayne.
In a town called New Jerusalem, bandits Bob Sangster (Chester Morris), Doc Underwood (Lewis Stone) and Gus Barton (Walter Brennan) hold up a bank. After a gun battle with the townspeople, the three robbers retreat into the scorching desert. There, they happen upon an ill woman stranded with her child. As the mother dies, she begs the men to take care of her infant. The fugitives want to save the baby -- but to do so, they'll have to travel back to New Jerusalem, where they are wanted men.