Trackdown (1957–1959)
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The Brothers 

Hoby tracks down Mal Cody after his twin brother Wes steals Hoby's badge, identification, gun, money and horse and poses as Hoby to break Mal out of jail.

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... Hoby Gilman
... Mal Cody / Wes Cody
Rebecca Welles ... Julie Corbin
... Fenn Dooley
... Sheriff
... Bartender
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Hoby tracks down Mal Cody after his twin brother Wes steals Hoby's badge, identification, gun, money and horse and poses as Hoby to break Mal out of jail.

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16 May 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Hoby Gilman: You're under arrest for aiding and abetting a prisoner to escape.
The Sheriff: Under what authority?
Hoby Gilman: [Throws badge on the bar without taking his eyes off the sheriff] Under the State of Texas. And I have papers if you want to see them.
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Richard Devon Should Have Played Good Guys More Often
15 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

The penultimate episode of Trackdown Season 1, "The Brothers," is a very entertaining episode not so much for Steve McQueen, but for Richard Devon in the role of Fenn.

Hoby is ambushed on his way to pick up a prisoner and relieved of his gun and credentials. Upon his arrival in the town, Hobie is told that a ranger named Hobie Gilman has already picked up the prisoner, and the unsympathetic sheriff tells a cash-strapped and badgeless Hobie to get out of town.

Steve McQueen plays a dual role, and he's much better in this episode than he was in "The Bounty Hunter" earlier in the season. Even though McQueen is playing both Mal and Wes, they're clearly distinguishable from each other in personality, and not just in the dialogue they're spouting.

But Richard Devon, who generally played ruthless outlaws or backstabbing criminal accomplices (e.g., Machine Gun Kelly, The Twilight Zone episode "Dead Man's Shoes") is what raises this episode above other '50s westerns with twin brothers being mistaken for each other. His nonchalance meshes well with Gilman's usual nonchalance, and his dialogue with Gilman paints as complete a portrait of the town as a gaggle of citizens or narration (as with "The Town" earlier in Season 1, absent from this episode) ever could. This and Devon's recurring role as Jody in Yancy Derringer make me wish Devon had had more varied roles during his career.

There are definitely more layers to this episode than the usual "I don't know which brother is which" turn this type of plot line usually took in '50s TV westerns, and Richard Devon as Fenn is a highlight.


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