Notorious stagecoach robber Rhiannon is unintentionally appointed as deputy when he saves the sheriff's life and must wear two hats between his new job that he enjoys and his old occupation that he misses.



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Complete credited cast:
Nan Morgan
Dr. Jonathan Mark
Sheriff Jim Caradac
Barry Kelley ...
Mike Murphy
Harry Shannon ...
Judge Waller
Tom Fadden ...
Express Agent
Stage Driver
Smitty the Piano Player
Billy Gray ...
Mary Bear ...
Albert's Mother
Stage Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Murphy's Kid


Rhiannon, an outlaw who regularly robs gold from the stagecoach, shoots the new sheriff and then carries him to the doctor. The doctor cleans up Rhiannon and presents him to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon is deputized by the sheriff, and becomes torn between his new life and the prospect of robbing the next gold shipment... Written by Al Fore

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Release Date:

28 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cancion del bandolero  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The song 'Mule Train', sung by Vaughn Monroe in the film, was one of the biggest hits of 1949 and received an Academy Award nomination. See more »


In the final showdown in the saloon between Ward Bond and Vaughn Monroe, Monroe drops his gun on the table with the grip pointed away for a left handed pickup. In the next scene the gun has flipped over for a right handed pickup. See more »


Mexicali Trail
Written by Sunny Skylar and Wilton Moore
Sung by Vaughn Monroe
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Mule Train
12 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Along around 1950 Herbert J. Yates was starting to lose his bread and butter which were his B picture cowboy stars. The biggest of them was Roy Rogers and he was making noises about going into television as were the others. Yates never recognized that this was the coming trend, so he was looking for more cowboy stars, if they sung so much the better.

Vaughn Monroe was coming off a big hit with Ghost Riders In The Sky so he looked like a good bet. Yates even got him some A list support here with leading lady Ella Raines and Ward Bond as the sheriff and Walter Brennan as the town doctor.

Monroe plays the outlaw Rihannon who has a fabulous store of gold obtained from robbing gold shipments from a mining company who did him dirt and he's getting some literal and figurative payback. Bond trails him successfully, but when they shoot it out Bond is badly wounded. Instead of leaving him to die, Monroe takes him to Brennan and his life is saved. Also a heavy head of hair and beard is shaved off Monroe by Brennan leaving Monroe unrecognizable.

Raines is the local saloon owner and she like what she sees in Monroe. But she also likes money and all three of them have their interest in Monroe.

Singing Guns is a good western though it sure never created a demand for more westerns from Vaughn Monroe. The film even got an Oscar nomination for Best Song when Mule Train was nominated. A whole slew of artists recorded Mule Train back in 1950 and Frankie Laine had the big selling record. But Monroe's version is outstanding.

See if you think Vaughn Monroe could have made it as a western star.

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