In this western, Buster Crabbe plays Chad Santee, a former Calvary officer who has traveled to Wyoming so he can visit his brother Jubal (Neville Brand) and see Jubal’s ranch. Traveling by stagecoach, Chad meets and falls in love with a saloon singer named Rose Fargo (Ann Robinson). When the stagecoach is held up by outlaws and one of them steals Rose’s broach, Chad decides to track the outlaws down. What Chad doesn’t know is that Jubal is one of those outlaws.
Gun Brothers is an entertaining B-western. There’s nothing surprising about the story but Buster Crabbe is a believable hero and Ann Robinson gets a chance to show off her saloon singing skills. Neville Brand steals the film as Jubal. Before going into acting, Brand was a highly decorated World War II combat officer and he brought his real-life toughness to every role that he played. He could throw a punch and shoot a gun with an authority that few other actors could match. Jubal, like Brand, has obviously seen and experienced things that his self-righteous brother will never be able to understand and, as a result, he’s not as tied down to the laws of society as everyone else. Also turning in good performances are Michael Ansara as an outlaw and Lita Milan, as a Native American woman who is involved with the gang.
Not surprisingly, for a B-western, Gun Brothers is full of characters with names like Shawnee Jack, Yellowstone Kelly, Blackjack Silk, and Moose McClain. It’s a simple movie but one that will be enjoyed by fans of old fashioned western action.