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"The Brothers Brannagan" Her Brother's Keeper (1960)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Nifty P'I. Series

8/10
Author: gordonl56 from Canada
2 March 2014

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THE BROTHERS BRANNAGAN – Her Brother's Keeper – 1960

This series, which ran during 1960 to 1961, stars Stephan Dunne and Mark Roberts as a pair of brothers who are private investigators. The two are based in Phoenix, Arizona. The series ran for a total of 39 episodes. This is episode nine of the run.

Dunne and Roberts are having a beer at their favourite bar with an old buddy, Britt Lomond. Enter Kent Taylor and Lomond's sister, Bek Nelson. The two are an item much to Lomond's disgust. He takes Taylor for a seedy type and figures his sister can do better. Taylor runs a "Loans" company with his partner, Theo Marcuse.

Lomond wolfs down his drink and steps up to Taylor. The usual "Stay away from my sister or I'll kill you" stuff is yelled for the whole bar to hear. Lomond then decks Taylor with a solid punch to the head. The Police are summoned but Lomond is in full tilt angry mode. He decks the cop and flees out into the night.

Needless to say several hours later, Taylor is found in his office with his head bashed in. An all-points bulletin on Lomond goes out. Lomond now shows up at the P.I. brothers' office. He wants to give turn himself in to the Police for belting the cop at the bar. He would like Dunne and Roberts to go with him to the station.

When asked by the Police about the murder, Lomond seems surprised. He swears that he did not do the deed. He asks his friends, Roberts and Dunne to help him. The local Police Lt, Barney Phillips of course happens to be a friend. He gives the two a look at the murder scene etc.

Now a few juicy red herrings are thrown at the viewer. It seems that Taylor's business partner, Marcuse has been dipping into the company funds. Maybe he bumped off Taylor? Then, Taylor's former girlfriend, Maureen Leeds turns up as a possible suspect. These leads turn out to go nowhere. It looks like Lomond is in the deep end.

Dunne and Roberts though are not ready to throw in the towel. They check up on the last possible person on the suspect list, Lomond's sister, Bek Nelson. They hit pay dirt as Nelson is indeed the killer. She had realized, too late, that Taylor was a rat, and had flattened his head with a handy blunt object. Lomond is freed while Nelson takes his place in jail.

This is the first episode I've caught, and I found it a nifty little private eye show.

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Worth watching to see Kent Taylor

7/10
Author: Paularoc from United States
15 April 2013

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Mike and Bob Brannagan are private investigators located in Phoenix, Arizona. A friend of theirs, Larry Randolph is annoyed and worried that his sister Nancy has taken up with the disreputable Ray Norton. At a restaurant, Norton accuses his partner, Sorenson, of embezzling money from their business. Then Larry sees Norton with Nancy and Norton and Larry trade blows. Norton insists that Larry be arrested and Larry takes off, punching a cop on his way out. He asks the Brannagan brothers for help but his troubles have only begun for Norton has been found beaten to death. The obvious suspects include Norton's ex- girlfriend and Sorensen and his thugs. Since it's a half hour show, the investigation moves pretty rapidly. The eventually discovered motive seem pretty thin and amazingly the title of the episode is a dead giveaway. The best part of the episode was seeing Kent Taylor as the unlikable Ray Norton. Taylor's Boston Blackie's series is one of my favorite 50s shows and his against type portrayal in this show was interesting.

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