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The Younger Brothers (1949)

 -  Western  -  3 May 1949 (USA)
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Brothers who rode with a notorious outlaw gang led by Frank and Jesse James decide to go straight and try to get pardons so they can return to a law-abiding life.

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Brothers who rode with a notorious outlaw gang led by Frank and Jesse James decide to go straight and try to get pardons so they can return to a law-abiding life.

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LURED INTO OUTLAWRY BY A BANDIT QUEEN! (original print ad - all caps)

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3 May 1949 (USA)  »

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A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

Goofs

Escaping from a posse, Cole Younger (Wayne Morris) is shot and wounded in the shoulder. There is no visible sign (bloodstain etc). Later, he peels back his shirt to reveal a blood stained undervest but neither the shirt or undervest has a bullethole. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Weak western.
26 November 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is one incredibly standard western, that features some bad acting, dull storyline and silly action.

Biggest problem perhaps is how incredibly formulaic this movie is. It features all of the usual clichés, yes even a bar fight and the movie really doesn't has any surprises in it. It makes this a dull and a weak western to watch, also not in the least because it's such a poorly made one.

It's obviously a small production and the movie looks like it got shot in 30 days. The directing and editing can be called bad and all of the action sequences featured in the movie are incredibly silly. It perhaps almost becomes a bit humorous to watch, for all the wrong reasons.

Its story also isn't that interesting. It's a pretty friendly western (so also no blood), in which for some odd reason everybody seems to be against the Younger brothers, who in this movie are being portrayed as good and very friendly guys. The story gets sillier and sillier as it heads toward its ending. The Younger brothers really existed and were part of the James-Younger gang, of which the famous brothers Frank and Jesse James were also part of. Of course they were not as friendly in real life as portrayed in this movie. It just was custom for an early '40's to have likable man characters in it. It wasn't really until the Spagethi-western age really that the main characters became rotten criminals themselves really. Strangely enough that approached has always worked out better than those early western's in which the main character is on the good side of the law.

Thing that does make this movie original is the fact that it was shot in color. This was something pretty unique for an '40's western and still gives the movie something extra. You can wonder though, why they shot this western in full color. The movie is still done in the style of a black & white early western after all and I actually believe that this movie would had been a bit more credible if it got done in black & white instead.

You could easily do without this western.

4/10

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