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Three Godfathers: John Ford’s (Deeply Christian) Christmas Western

December 22nd, 2023 | 10 min read

By Adam Carrington

When considering classic Christmas filmmakers, we tend to name Frank Capra for his It’s a Wonderful Life. We don’t think of John Ford, best known for his Western masterpieces such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. However, Ford did make a Christmas Western. MGM released Three Godfathers in December of 1948—75 years ago. Though lesser known among Ford’s pictures, it is worth the watching, providing a deep Christmas meditation on sin, condemnation, and redemption.

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