Singing Guns (1950)

91 mins | Western | 15 March 1950

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HISTORY

This film opened with an offscreen narration. The film marked the first starring role in a motion picture for popular orchestra leader and singer Vaughn Monroe. The song "Mule Train," which Monroe sings in the film, was one of the biggest hits of 1949. MPH lists the film's release date as 28 Feb 1950, but other sources indicate that the film was released on 15 Mar 1950. Johnny Lange, Fred Glickman and Hy Heath's song "Mule Train" received an Academy Award ... More Less

This film opened with an offscreen narration. The film marked the first starring role in a motion picture for popular orchestra leader and singer Vaughn Monroe. The song "Mule Train," which Monroe sings in the film, was one of the biggest hits of 1949. MPH lists the film's release date as 28 Feb 1950, but other sources indicate that the film was released on 15 Mar 1950. Johnny Lange, Fred Glickman and Hy Heath's song "Mule Train" received an Academy Award nomination. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
13 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Mar 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Mar 50
p. 229, 231
New York Times
5 Jun 50
p. 19.
Variety
15 Mar 50
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Singing Guns by Max Brand (New York, 1938).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Mule Train," music and lyrics by Johnny Lange, Fred Glickman and Hy Heath
"Singing My Way Back Home," music and lyrics by Wilton Moore and Al Vann
"Mexicali Trail," music and lyrics by Sunny Skylar and Wilton Moore.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 March 1950
Production Date:
18172
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2956
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,154
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14239
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Somewhere on Hangman's Mountain, near the Western town of Goldville, authorities believe that wanted outlaw Rhiannon has stashed a million dollars worth of stolen gold. While out on patrol one day, Goldville sheriff Jim Caradac sees Rhiannon hold up a stagecoach carrying Jim's sweetheart, Nan Morgan. Jim attempts to stop the robbery, but Rhiannon quickly disarms him. When he opens the strong box and finds only sand inside, Rhiannon flies into a rage and takes Jim hostage. After he hijacks the stage and drives to Goldville, Rhiannon forces Jim to walk down the middle of the street dressed in a pair of women's underwear. Rhiannon then shoots Jim and escapes, but returns later when his conscience starts to bother him. Although Jim lies motionless, Rhiannon draws his gun and approaches cautiously. When Jim suddenly reaches for his own gun, Rhiannon shoots him again. Now certain of Jim's need for medical attention, Rhiannon takes him to the nearest physician, Dr. Jonathan Mark. In the examining room, Rhiannon tells the doctor that his name is "John Gwyn" and that he found Jim by chance while he was riding. When the doctor says that Jim will need a blood transfusion, Rhiannon volunteers to be the donor. The doctor inserts the needle into Rhiannon's arm, delivering a sedative which renders him unconscious. Upon waking up hours later, Rhiannon discovers his gun is missing, and the doctor explains that he drugged him to prevent him from changing his mind about the transfusion. A judge then enters the room to deputize Rhiannon, and he agrees to take up Jim's duties until he can return ... +


Somewhere on Hangman's Mountain, near the Western town of Goldville, authorities believe that wanted outlaw Rhiannon has stashed a million dollars worth of stolen gold. While out on patrol one day, Goldville sheriff Jim Caradac sees Rhiannon hold up a stagecoach carrying Jim's sweetheart, Nan Morgan. Jim attempts to stop the robbery, but Rhiannon quickly disarms him. When he opens the strong box and finds only sand inside, Rhiannon flies into a rage and takes Jim hostage. After he hijacks the stage and drives to Goldville, Rhiannon forces Jim to walk down the middle of the street dressed in a pair of women's underwear. Rhiannon then shoots Jim and escapes, but returns later when his conscience starts to bother him. Although Jim lies motionless, Rhiannon draws his gun and approaches cautiously. When Jim suddenly reaches for his own gun, Rhiannon shoots him again. Now certain of Jim's need for medical attention, Rhiannon takes him to the nearest physician, Dr. Jonathan Mark. In the examining room, Rhiannon tells the doctor that his name is "John Gwyn" and that he found Jim by chance while he was riding. When the doctor says that Jim will need a blood transfusion, Rhiannon volunteers to be the donor. The doctor inserts the needle into Rhiannon's arm, delivering a sedative which renders him unconscious. Upon waking up hours later, Rhiannon discovers his gun is missing, and the doctor explains that he drugged him to prevent him from changing his mind about the transfusion. A judge then enters the room to deputize Rhiannon, and he agrees to take up Jim's duties until he can return to work. The next day, Rhiannon receives his first call from Nan, who asks for help ejecting a drunken man from her saloon. By Sunday morning, the jail is packed with drunks, so Rhiannon releases them and makes each one promise to attend church. When the Great Western Mine catches on fire and several miners are trapped inside, Rhiannon risks his own life to save them. Later, Nan recognizes Rhiannon as the outlaw who attacked her stagecoach and decides to report it to Jim, who has since recovered. After Rhiannon is arrested, Jim warns him that he will be charged with stagecoach robbery unless he reveals the location of his hideout, but Rhiannon refuses to talk. Later, Nan helps Rhiannon escape from jail, and by pretending to be romantically interested in him, convinces him to take her to his hideout where he has hidden the stolen gold. After Nan pistol whips Rhiannon, Jim arrives, and while he guards Rhiannon, she leaves to deliver the gold. When she is late returning, Jim begins to suspect that she has taken the gold for herself, but she soon arrives with a receipt from the governor and is reunited with her beloved Jim. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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