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Mule Train (1950)

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Loosely based on Frankie Laine's popular record with the same title, Gene protects his friend's claim from badguy Sam Brady.

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Sheriff Carol
Robert Livingston ...
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Frank Jaquet ...
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Vince Barnett ...
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Syd Saylor ...
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A prospector discovers natural cement and suggests it should be used for a new dam. But this is the last thing the badmen of Trail End want, as they have a monopoly of the wagons needed to haul rocks to the site. A pretty sheriff notwithstanding, it's a job for a singing marshal. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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22 February 1950 (USA)  »

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It's not Gold--It's Cement!
24 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

In my book, it's superior Autry—fine Lone Pine photography, an unusual plot with a major twist, and a rare dramatic role for the usually buffoonish Pat Buttram. Plus, there's the big hit song of that year, Mule Train, which may not be tuneful but is a lot of fun for a song.

Meanwhile, Gene has to hide his marshal's badge in order to help entrepreneur Buttram make a success in selling cement, of all things. Seems, however, some guys in suits want to keep the business for themselves, so the good guys have a problem. Then again, maybe the sheriff will help, except she's a girl (Ryan) even if she is a deadly shot.

Those wagon trains add hard-riding color, plus the exploding canyon is mostly well done. Still, I wonder about the same mountaintop that blows up 4-times over! (I think). And certainly Sheila Ryan makes for the kind of sheriff you'd like to get arrested by. Here, she may be fixing dinner for Autry, but it's really Buttram she ends up with after their meeting on the set (IMDB)—married in 1952.

All in all, there's enough good cowboy action and moody mountain scenery to keep this old Front Row kid happy.


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