Three Godfathers (1936)
Three men steal $5,000 in gold and adopt a baby
The 1936 MGM film "Three Godfathers" is set in the Western desert in the 1880's.
Three outlaws rob a bank and are pursued by a posse into the desert.
They lose their horses and then find a wagon with a dying woman and her baby boy.
The three men "adopt" the baby and try to take it to the town they just robbed.
The coins are shown and appear to be standard prop coins.
Some coins are also shown on a gambling table which appear to be silver dollar prop coins.
Three men plan to ride into the Western town of New Jerusalem to rob the bank.
The townspeople are getting ready for the Christmas holiday.
2. Three men riding
They are Bob Sangster, James Underwood or "Doc" and Sam Bartow or "Gus".
Doc is somewhat of a scholar and carries books by Shakespeare and Schopenhauer.
Gus is an illiterate old cowboy.
Bob is a hardened criminal who is from New Jerusalem and was ordered to leave the town two years ago.
Some gamblers are playing cards.
3. Pair of nines and coins on table
The coins appear to be silver dollar prop coins.
4. Bob and Molly
She tells Bob that she is about to marry the town banker.
He gives her a women's watch claiming that it belonged to his mother, but she throws it back at him
asking what woman he stole it from.
Bob heads for the saloon to find Blackie, a woman of the town.
5. Bob and Blackie
Bob makes a date with Blackie for later that evening.
6. The bank robbery
The bank manager is wearing a Santa Claus costume for a Christmas party.
It saves his life when Bob shoots him.
7. Three men in the desert
The men find a covered wagon with a dying woman and a very healthy baby boy.
They bury the woman and take the kid with them.
The men must now walk across the desert.
8. Three men with the baby
The older men want to carry the baby but Bob objects claiming that the kid will slow them down.
Gus goes a little further and then walks into the desert to die.
Bob, now alone, finds a note and the money left with the baby.
9. Money bags and note to Bob
Bob, if you find this "will" it means that Gus is dead, too.
If you never did anything human before - give the kid an even break.
James Underwood "Doc"
10. The baby and coins
At first Bob plans to leave the baby but stops to pick up the coins which the baby is playing with.
11. The baby and rattlesnake
Bob has a change of heart and decides to carry the baby back to New Jerusalem,
where he knows that he will probably be hanged (executed) for his crimes.
12. Bob carrying the baby
Bob is travelling slowly on foot and begins to leave things on the ground, including the money.
13. Bob leaves money on the ground
Bob finally arrives at the town, exhausted, and staggers into the church.
14. Bob arrives with the baby
Bob hand the baby to Molly and collapses dead at the foot of Blackie.
15. Bob fallen
The baby holding the watch and a man next to Molly asks her whose watch it is.
Molly replies "It was his mother's watch".
Chester Morris as Bob Sangster
Lewis Stone as James Underwood "Doc"
Walter Brennan as Sam Bartow "Gus"
Irene Hervey as Molly
Dorothy Tree as Blackie Winters
Writers: Edward E. Paramore Jr., Manuel Seff, Peter B. Kyne (novel)