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Brothers of the West (1937)

Tom Wade is a range detective whose brother stands accused of robbing a bank and murdering the bank president. To prove him innocent, Wade must decipher his only clue, an unusual set of tire tracks.


Sam Katzman


Basil Dickey (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Tom Wade
Lois Wilde ... Celia Chandler
Dorothy Short ... Annie Wade
Bob Terry ... Ed Wade
Dave O'Brien ... Henchman Bart
Roger Williams ... Jeff Tracey
Lafe McKee ... Sheriff Bains
Jim Corey ... Henchman Larry
James C. Morton ... Mitchell - Cattleman's Protective Assoc. Chief
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Jake the Hobo (as Tiny Lipson)
George Morrell ... Chandler


Tom Wade (Tom Tyler), agent for the Cattleman's Protective Association, receives word that his brother Ed Wade (Bob Terry), a cattle rancher, has disappeared and is suspected of murder. Tom goes to Ed's ranch and learns from Ed's wife, Annie (Dorothy Short), that Chandler (George Morrell) the banker was killed and robbed of a large amount on money. The bullet taken from Chandler's body was proved to have been fired from Ed's gun. During the investigation, Tom, working undercover, meets Celia Chandler (Lois Wilde), the banker's daughter, who is also trying to find out who killed her father. She accuses Ed of the murder and suspects Tom of being an accomplice. Tom's investigation leads him to suspect a lawyer named Jeff Tracey (Roger Williams), and while Tom is seeking proof, he learns that Tracey and his henchmen have Ed as a prisoner. Tom is ambushed and captured when he is about to discover where Tracey and his henchmen have Ed hidden, Mealwhile Celia has found Ed and discovered the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Tuesday 27 January 1948 on DuMont Television Network's KTLA (Channel 5) and in the New York City area Wednesday 5 January 1949 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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I wasn't so impressed by this one.
27 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Brothers of the West" is one of a bazillion B-westerns that were made in the 1930s. However, among these, it's certainly one of the lesser films as it's made by a lower than usual budgeted small studio and the quality is correspondingly low. Plus, to be quite blunt, Tom Tyler has the personality of a bag of lint compared to most other cowboy stars.

The film begins with Tome Wade (Tyler) about to go on vacation when he learns that his brother is wanted to murder in some western town. He knows his brother and knows it's all a mistake, so using his detective skills, he decides to investigate. However, he doesn't divulge to anyone in the town that he's a professional investigator.

When he arrives in town, he learns that his brother still hasn't been caught--and he assumes he is either dead or being held captive. He also soon meets Miss Chandler, the nosy and stupid daughter of the murder victim. When folks start taking shots at him, Wade realizes that something bigger is going on in this crappy town.

Like the lowest budgeted westerns, this one lacks incidental music, a sidekick and the great stunts and flourishes the better B-westerns usually had. It's not a terrible movie (though some of the acting sure is) but is one only the most die-hard fans of the genre will enjoy.

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30 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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Tom räumt auf See more »

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Jean, Nevada, USA See more »


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$6,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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