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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE YOUNGER BROTHERS (1949)

This eminently missable B-Western from the Brothers Warner somehow gained TechniColor treatment. (From one ‘Brothers’ to another?) Whatever the case, those Younger Brothers prove no match for the Jameses in the Western Outlaw Brotherhood.* There’s a decent enough idea for development with the boys trying to keep their noses clean long enough to win full pardons while ex-Pinkerton agent Fred Clark attempts to trip them up (revenge for injuries he blames on them), and Bandit Queen Janis Paige (yep, Janis Paige!) busy setting them up as patsies on a big bank robbery. But everyone’s just going thru the motions here. Well, everyone but leading man Wayne Morris who must have been going thru the lunch wagon. Was he trying to eat his way off the pic? Even the TechniColor looks out of sorts in a studio print so dark you can barely make out the nighttime action. Maybe that’s for the best.

WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: *Check out the Youngers and the Jameses (amongst other brothers) in Walter Hill’s near-classic All-Star/All-Brothers Western THE LONG RIDERS/’80.

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