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The Brothers O'Toole (1973)

G | | Western, Comedy | 16 May 1973 (USA)
The brothers, a couple of ne'er-do-wells, turn a sleepy mining town upside-down in their search for quick riches.



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Richard Jury ...
Steve Carlson ...
Miranda Barry ...
Francelle Fuller ...
Ted Claassen ...
Harlan Knudson ...
Leon Enge ...
Jacques Hampton ...


The brothers, a couple of ne'er-do-wells, turn a sleepy mining town upside-down in their search for quick riches.

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Western | Comedy






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16 May 1973 (USA)  »

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Los hermanos O'Toole  »

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O'Toole refers to the Mayor as a 'Uriah Heep', a reference to the character in ''David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens. Uriah Heep is noted for his obsequiousness and general insincerity. See more »


The attorney's name is shown as 'Benoni Beidermeier' on his bag but as 'Bedermeir' on the credits. See more »


Michael O'Toole: I have, in my time, visited three political conventions, four sessions of congress, and two homes for the criminally insane. I have known army generals, steam doctors, vegetarians, prohibitionists, and a female suffragette. But never, even in an Orangeman's Day parade, have I seen such pure and stainless brainlessness as I now behold in you. The Almighty, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, has given the worm enough sense to turn with, and the barnacle can grasp whatever happens to be standing by...
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References The Great Gildersleeve (1942) See more »


Molly Be Damned
Vocals by Sonny Curtis
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THE BROTHERS O'TOOLE (Richard Erdman, 1973) **
20 April 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Simplistically, this offbeat concoction may be described as a Western spoof but it is just too uneven to be truly successful as a comedy. This is perhaps explained by the fact that director Erdman was mostly a veteran character actor and only stepped behind the camera a handful of times. The opportunity allowed for fellow character actors to have a field-day can be, likewise, excused as it gives the proceedings a glorified home movie ambiance and does, on occasion, provide the viewers with flashes of amusement.

Most prominent in the cast are TV stars John Astin (in a dual role, no less) and Lee Meriwether (as the embittered wife of Astin’s bandido character) but equally notable are Hollywood veterans Jesse White (as the Mayor of a sleepy Western hamlet with an unpronounceable name), Allyn Joslyn (as the Sheriff) and Hans Conried (in a very belated cameo as an oil tycoon); as was to be expected, director Erdman also contrived to give himself a small but fun role as a bemused Judge.

The bulk of the narrative sees cardsharp Astin being mistaken for bandido Astin and cardsharp Astin’s no-good younger brother is more often a hindrance to his pleas of innocence than anything else. The incarcerated Astin’s eventual trial, then, requires his alter ego to dress up conspicuously as an old man but this middle section of the film is also where it really drags and sags badly. The film does get back into shape (relatively speaking) with the appearance of Conried and, especially, the climactic foulness contest – where participants of every size and shape are awarded for their prowess in belching, spitting and cussing (don’t ask) – which, for better or worse, only serves to reinforce my afore-mentioned claims of the film’s inherent “home movie” quality.

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