A to Z Challenge – Youngers in Long Riders

Day 25

April 29, 2016

The Younger Letter: Y

The Younger Brothers and the James Gang

For some of us – and I am one of them – there’s something seductively exciting about a ‘bad boy.’ Who’s to know what it is which draws us to that enigmatic kind of person.

I don’t remember exactly when I found the stories of The James Gang appealing. I do, however, remember that one movie made it a full blown desire to know more.

Long Riders

In “The Long Riders” this group of “Wild Wood Boys” not only brought the story to light, but one of the main things I thoroughly appreciated was that the casting was brilliant.

In a world of outlaws, it seemed that it often became a family affair.

The James Gang was led by Jesse James, and his brother Frank James. Their cronies in crime were the Younger Brothers, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, and Bob Younger. Two other brothers were also a main part of this train and bank robbing group: Clell and Ed Miller. On the outside, wanting to get in, were Charlie and Bob Ford, who never made the cut, but whose part in this story was still a major role in how it all ended up.

James Gang Cast

The idea of ‘crime’ families is not new, and more than likely didn’t begin with the likes of The James Gang. But what I found compelling is the casting of actual real life brothers in the parts.

Jesse and Frank James were played by James and Stacy Keach

Cole, Jim and Bob Younger were played by David, Keith, and Robert Carradine.

Clell and Ed Miller were played by Randy and Dennis Quaid.

And the Ford brothers were played by: Christopher and Nicolas Guest.

This made the relationships within each family and between the characters feel more real.

It also has a most excellent soundtrack, by Ry Cooder!

Here are two samples:





2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calensariel
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 17:31:39

    You know, that went right over my head when I saw the movie. I was just looking at it in IMDB. Ever Carradine, Robert’s daughter was in it as was Kalen Keach who was the grandson of Stacy Keach. Boy, they sure kept it a family affair!

    I see your media player is acting up again! You must be spittin’ mad by now. But at least it redirected to YouTube.



  2. Fimnora Westcaw
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 21:53:48

    Yes, I know, they sure did keep it in the family. The young Keach was he Jesse’s song in the movie, because I’d heard that was Jim Keach’s son. But either way, a lot of Hollywood family in there.

    The youtubes don’t play? 😦 Oh I see. It’s saying to click the YT link and listen on the site. That’s because I didn’t embed it. Oh well, it’s one more day and then I’m DONE with this… Can’t end too soon!



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