My Outlaw Brother (1951)

82 mins | Western | 15 March 1951

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HISTORY

Working titles for the film were El Tigre , My Brother, The Outlaw , The Gringo and My Brother, The Bandit . A 21 Feb 1951 HR article states that the title My Brother, The Outlaw was changed to My Outlaw Brother after RKO began legal action against the former title, claiming it infringed on the RKO production The Outlaw (1943, see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ). ... More Less

Working titles for the film were El Tigre , My Brother, The Outlaw , The Gringo and My Brother, The Bandit . A 21 Feb 1951 HR article states that the title My Brother, The Outlaw was changed to My Outlaw Brother after RKO began legal action against the former title, claiming it infringed on the RKO production The Outlaw (1943, see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Feb 1951.
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Daily Variety
30 Nov 1950.
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Daily Variety
2 Feb 1951
p. 4.
Film Daily
6 Feb 1951
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 1950
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 1950
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Feb 1951
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 1951
p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
28 Apr 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Feb 1951
p. 706.
New York Times
23 Aug 1951
p. 19.
Variety
7 Feb 1951
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst to the dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel South of the Rio Grande by Max Brand (New York, 1936).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
My Brother, the Outlaw
El Tigre
The Gringo
My Brother, The Bandit
Release Date:
15 March 1951
Production Date:
November 1950 at Estudios Tepeyac, Mexico City, Mexico
Copyright Claimant:
Benedict Bogeaus Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 March 1951
Copyright Number:
LP801
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,372
Length(in reels):
8
Countries:
Mexico, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14966
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Danny O'More, a greenhorn from New York, sets out to find his older brother, Patrick, a wealthy silver mine owner in San Clemente, Mexico, whom he has not seen for eight years. When Danny stops in Border City, Texas, he witnesses vicious Mexican bandit El Tigre and his gang dynamite and then rob the local bank. After the robbery, Mexican counsel Señor Munez and the local police captain implore Texas Ranger Joe Warder to travel to El Tigre's headquarters in San Clemente and arrest the villain. Mexican secret service policemen have attempted the dangerous arrest but, Munez explains, that they believe Joe can persuade El Tigre's American lieutenant, O'More, to lead Joe to the outlaw. Joe volunteers for the job and, after he crosses the border, he is chased by the bandits. Joe escapes, but the bandits mistake Danny, also on his way to San Clemente, for Joe, and capture him instead. After realizing they have taken the wrong man, one outlaw pulls out a gun to shoot Danny; however, Joe shoots the gun from out of his hand and the bandits flee. After Danny accepts Joe's offer to ride with him, Joe has his horse Sonny, perform tricks for Danny. Danny jokes that all the women he dates are bigger than he is and reminisces about his strong and handsome brother. Although Joe then realizes that Patrick is the Lieutenant for whom he is searching, he does not divulge his mission to Danny. Meanwhile, in San Clemente, Patrick visits petite and wealthy Carmelita Alvarado, and attempts to bully her into marrying him, but Carmelita has only hatred for Patrick because of the savage crimes he and El ... +


Danny O'More, a greenhorn from New York, sets out to find his older brother, Patrick, a wealthy silver mine owner in San Clemente, Mexico, whom he has not seen for eight years. When Danny stops in Border City, Texas, he witnesses vicious Mexican bandit El Tigre and his gang dynamite and then rob the local bank. After the robbery, Mexican counsel Señor Munez and the local police captain implore Texas Ranger Joe Warder to travel to El Tigre's headquarters in San Clemente and arrest the villain. Mexican secret service policemen have attempted the dangerous arrest but, Munez explains, that they believe Joe can persuade El Tigre's American lieutenant, O'More, to lead Joe to the outlaw. Joe volunteers for the job and, after he crosses the border, he is chased by the bandits. Joe escapes, but the bandits mistake Danny, also on his way to San Clemente, for Joe, and capture him instead. After realizing they have taken the wrong man, one outlaw pulls out a gun to shoot Danny; however, Joe shoots the gun from out of his hand and the bandits flee. After Danny accepts Joe's offer to ride with him, Joe has his horse Sonny, perform tricks for Danny. Danny jokes that all the women he dates are bigger than he is and reminisces about his strong and handsome brother. Although Joe then realizes that Patrick is the Lieutenant for whom he is searching, he does not divulge his mission to Danny. Meanwhile, in San Clemente, Patrick visits petite and wealthy Carmelita Alvarado, and attempts to bully her into marrying him, but Carmelita has only hatred for Patrick because of the savage crimes he and El Tigre have committed. After arriving in San Clemente, Joe leaves Danny at the gate of Patrick's large compound. When Danny enters, the guards handcuff him, throw a blanket over him and drag him to see Patrick, who hears Danny call out to Joe for help. Patrick then tells his men he has no brother and orders them to escort Danny back over the border safely. Once Patrick is alone, Joe, who has been hiding in the compound, disarms Patrick, then orders him to take him to El Tigre. When Patrick's men return soon after, Joe escapes and takes Danny with him. That night as El Tigre's men patrol the town looking for the two men, Joe takes Danny to local blacksmith Orthez to remove his handcuffs. Soon after, El Tigre's men arrive and find the handcuffs on the blacksmith's floor. Orthez, who lost his son Pedro in a battle with El Tigre and therefore detests the bandit, does not reveal any information. Later, Patrick arrives at the blacksmith's to search for Joe and his brother. After piercing the hay with a pitchfork, Patrick is convinced they are not there and leaves. When he is wounded by Patrick's pitchfork, Danny finally admits that he is afraid of his own brother. Later, after learning about Carmelita from Orthez, Danny disguises himself in Pedro's sombrero and clothing and visits her. While Carmelita explains to Danny that an "evil spirit" has taken over Patrick, Carmelita's guard fetches Patrick without her knowledge. When Patrick arrives, Danny confronts his brother, but Patrick knocks him out. At the blacksmith's, Patrick's henchmen, El Capitan and Burger, capture Orthez and Joe and jail them at El Tigre's hideout, an abandoned monastery. Patrick then brings Carmelita and Danny to the hideout and, in a moment alone, Patrick explains to Danny that El Tigre saved his life and consequently the bandit leader now owns it. Danny tells Patrick that Carmelita thinks he is crazy, and Patrick orders Carmelita to return to her house. Meanwhile, Burger, now drunk and belligerent, draws his gun to shoot Orthez. Although they are both handcuffed, Joe and Orthez knock Burger out and use his knife to untie themselves. Later, Joe and Orthez, pretending to still be tied up, are escorted to Patrick. Joe then pulls a gun on Patrick and orders him to have his men drop their weapons. After Joe, Danny and Orthez narrowly escape on horseback, they meet Carmelita on the trail. While the others continue on, Orthez tries to divert the bandits' attention, but is killed by Patrick. Meanwhile Joe, Danny and Carmelita take refuge behind a ruined adobe hut and prepare to fend off El Tigre's men. El Capitan approaches them carrying a white flag and asks them to surrender. When they refuse, El Capitan leaves them ammunition and then rides off. Soon after, El Tigre, now riding Sonny, prepares his men to attack. Joe, spotting Sonny, whistles to his horse, which immediately rears and races towards his master, jumping the adobe wall. After Danny pulls El Tigre from the horse, the outlaw knocks Danny down and brandishes his machete. Before El Tigre can kill Danny, Joe shoots the outlaw, who falls down, mortally wounded. Joe, Danny and Carmelita then shoot at El Tigre's approaching army, but the outlaws retreat as Mexican police surround them. El Capitan then identifies himself as a Mexican secret service policeman and thanks Joe for providing his men the opportunity to capture El Tigre and his bandits. When Joe takes a close look at El Tigre, he realizes that El Tigre is Patrick in disguise and empathizes with Danny, who replies, "My brother died a long time ago." After El Capitan takes custody of the outlaws, Joe lifts Carmelita onto Danny's lap, and Danny marvels again at Carmelita's petite frame, suggesting that this is only the beginning of their travels together.
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