3 Godfathers (1948)

3 Godfathers (1948), directed by John Ford.

Three bank robbers -- they're bad men but not bad men -- flee a crafty marshal into the desert and suffer mightily. This is the driest, thirstiest film I have seen since Sahara (1943).

They help a stranded woman deliver her baby before she dies, promising to care for it. Escape, survival, and child care: how do you do all at once?

Like Wagon Master (1950), this is a lesser-known Ford western but a pretty good one. Ford is so deft you begin to take him for granted after a while. The color photography seems particularly fine this time.

Misc notes:

Available on DVD. The Technicolor print needs restoration, although the middle reels are a bit better than the beginning or end.