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Brothers in the Saddle (1949)

Approved | | Western | 8 February 1949 (USA)
Bad seed Steve Taylor is pulled out of a saloon by his brother Tim after Steve kills cheating poker player Hoyt Parker in self defense. Steve, who's been financing his gambling addiction ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Norman Houston (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Tim Taylor
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
Steve Brodie ... Steve Taylor
Virginia Cox Virginia Cox ... Nancy Austin
Carol Forman ... Flora Trigby
Tom Keene ... Nash Prescott (as Richard Powers)
Stanley Andrews ... Sheriff Oakley
Robert Bray ... Polk Lynch
Francis McDonald ... Hoyt Parker
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Judge Coldert
Monte Montague ... Stagecoach Driver


Bad seed Steve Taylor is pulled out of a saloon by his brother Tim after Steve kills cheating poker player Hoyt Parker in self defense. Steve, who's been financing his gambling addiction with money from his fiancée, is convinced by Tim to give himself up for trial. Found guilty without crucial testimony of his innocence by saloon girl Flora Trigby, who has fled to Mexico, the two brothers make their getaway to a secret hideout, where Tim heads out to find Flora. Tim's enthusiasm for protecting his brother lessens when he returns with Flora and learns someone matching Steve's description has held up the stage and killed passenger Nash Prescott, Parker's co-partner and Steve's chief accuser at the trial. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Release Date:

8 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irmãos na Sela See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Brodie (I) plays the ne'er-do-well brother of Tim Holt (I)'s character, who is falsely accused of murder and defended by his brother Tim. One year earlier Brodie played the villain in another Holt western, Guns of Hate (1948), in which his character was just as selfish and impulsive as his character in this film. See more »


Chito Rafferty: Drop the pistol or this one will start leaking lead!
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A Different Kind of Tim Holt western
22 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you've read my review I've considered Tim Holt's westerns at RKO to be a cut above the usual B westerns. Brothers In The Saddle is a cut above them and could easily have been done on an A budget by some major league stars.

Tim has a brother in this one played by Steve Brodie and while Tim is a straight arrow, Brodie is no good. He's a degenerate gambler and not very good at it. He borrows money from his bride to be Virginia Cox who Tim would have liked to wed on false pretenses.

One night he catches the guys who've been cheating him all along and drills one of them in a fair fight. But he's arrested for murder anyway and Tim Holt and Richard Martin do a most un-Holt thing and spring him from jail while they look for a missing witness.

In the meantime Brodie decides he likes the outlaw life and goes on a crime spree of his own. In the end Holt and Martin can't go to the well for him once again.

Two other westerns dealing with good and bad brothers come to mind, Winchester 73 and Saddle The Wind. Both had the major star power of James Stewart and Robert Taylor respectively and the class A production values that Universal and MGM could provide.

RKO was quite daring in this film as things happen to both Tim and Richard Martin's character of the happy go lucky Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty that never happened in any other of their films I've seen. The studio must have got a lot of angry mail from fans wanting to know why the norm was deviated from in this Tim Holt western.

But seen today Brothers In The Saddle holds up very well as Holt and Brodie give standout performances as rival siblings.

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