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Brother, Brother 

Frankie Avalon plays Pvt. Eddie Cain, the kid brother of an old hometown friend of Kirby's. Cain has somehow finagled his way to be assigned to Kirby's squad, and he immediately gloms onto ... See full summary »

Director:

Sutton Roley

Writer:

Edward J. Lakso
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Frankie Avalon ... Eddie Cane
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Charles Bastin Charles Bastin ... German Officer (as Charles A. Bastin)
Hans Heyde Hans Heyde ... German Soldier
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Frankie Avalon plays Pvt. Eddie Cain, the kid brother of an old hometown friend of Kirby's. Cain has somehow finagled his way to be assigned to Kirby's squad, and he immediately gloms onto his old buddy, "Wild Man" Kirby, and begins making demands of him. The cutesy little Avalon does a fine job of making his Cain character into an exasperating little twerp you cannot help but detest. Cain believes his brother, Tony, and Kirby were best of friends and that Tony was killed in their old hometown while saving Kirby's life. Accordingly, Cain also believes Kirby owes him a great personal debt in the form of Kirby's attention and protection. The cocky Cain immediately provokes the hostility of the rest of the squad, and Kirby has to continually make excuses for him. Cain keeps taking foolish actions, and he is unable to come to grips with his shortcomings until Kirby finally tells him the truth about how his brother Tony was killed back home. You may hate the character of Cain, but you have... Written by David Wile

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Eddie has his arm around Kirby and walking down a French village road. Eddie uses his own name when talking about old times. He should have used the name Tony, his brother's name. See more »

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The Truth Will Set You Free
14 August 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"Brother Brother" is a story of why it's best to be painfully honest in human relationships. Eddie Cane (excellently played by Frankie Avalon,) hooks up with White Rook after he finds out Kirby is part of the squad. Eddie is extremely happy to see Kirby, who was his brother Tony's best friend. Kirby is not as happy but goes along for old time's sake.

Frankie Avalon is a ton of personality and it's entertaining to watch him get under everyone's skin, especially Littlejohn and the Sarge. When he gets himself into big trouble, Kirby and Saunders must bail him out. In the process Eddie Cane grows up about 10 years.

Sutton Roley did some good action directing. Considering the poor lighting, the chase scene must've been very dangerous to shoot. I'm critical of Saunders cover from German gunfire after the accident. Roley could've corrected this with a larger item to shelter the Sarge thereby making the scene more believable. I'm also critical of the German officer telling his subordinate to stand up in front of automatic gunfire to throw a grenade. He was only gaining a few feet. Moving to the side and around while maintaining cover would've been much more German. Roley's close ups of Kirby and Cane having it out during the battle sequence were outstanding and emphatically brought out excellent dramatic acting on both parts.

I liked Ed Lakso's screen writing because the story transitioned from monumental pretension to blinding veracity; and the consequences of both created a happy ending.


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