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Directed by R.G. Springsteen
USA 1950


Singing legend Vaughn Monroe (Toughest Man in Arizona) in his acting debut portrays Rhiannon, a notorious stagecoach robber who shoots the new sheriff (Ward Bond, Hondo), but decides to take him to the doctor (Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo). With the help of the kind doctor, Rhiannon cleans himself up and is presented to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon, who's fond of singing a tune now and then, is deputized by the sheriff and falls in love with a lovely saloon gal (Ella Raines, Phantom Lady). Rhiannon is now torn between his new life and his old one... can he turn over a new leaf and give up his illegal ways or are the prospects of robbing the next gold shipment too much for the ex-outlaw? R.G. Springsteen (Tiger by the Tail) directed this singing-cowboy classic featuring Jeff Corey (Little Big Man) and Barry Kelley (Too Late for Tears).


Singer-bandleader Vaughn ("Racing with the Moon") Monroe made a tentative stab at movie stardom in 1950. Singing Guns casts Monroe as western outlaw Rhiannon, who robs from the rich and keeps it. Rhiannon's particular target is a gold mine that he feels rightfully belongs to him. Whether it does or doesn't, it takes three people -- saloon gal Nan Morgan (Ella Raines), doctor/minister Dr. Mark (Walter Brennan) and sheriff Caradac (Ward Bond) -- to capture Our Hero. Though he's a passable actor, Monroe's strong suit remains his mellow baritone, which he displays in four different musical numbers, one of which is his Hit-Parade success "Mule Train." Singing Guns is based very loosely on a novel by Max Brand.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1950

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:56.993   

Disc Size: 20,783,633,765 bytes

Feature Size: 19,245,631,488 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbpst 

Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Disc Size: 20,783,633,765 bytes

Feature Size: 19,245,631,488 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan
• Four Trailers of other westerns

Blu-ray Release Date: April 17th, 2018
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Chapters: 8




NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

This new Kino 1080P is advertised as "Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Trucolor Nitrate Negatives by Paramount Pictures Archives! " and the Blu-ray image is very impressive bordering on amazing. Trucolor was a two-strip (red and blue - although cited as green on Wikipedia - see Robert Furmanek article HERE) process and Republic used it mostly for its westerns, through the 1940s and early 1950s.

 Colors on the single-layered 1080P transfer are rich and deep and contrast is very strong - as are the consistency of grain texture support. There are also a few light speckles here and there. It's in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio and has a very few scenes that aren't up to the same quality as the rest of the presentation (see sample at bottom). This looks like it may have been a registry issue but, as I say, they are the exception and most of the Blu-ray video is marvelous.      

Kino offer the option of a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono (16-bit). There is a score credited to Nathan Scott (Driftwood, Hoodlum Empire, The Red Menace, Wake of the Red Witch) and, of course, Vaughn Monroe croons few tunes with Mule Train, Singing My Way Back Home and Mexicali Trail. His voice sounds wonderfully deep and clear in the lossless.  There are no subtitles on Kino's Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Aside from four trailers of other westerns, we are treated to an audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan who covers the performers - their careers and other films, Republic, the Trucolor process and much more. He pauses for Monroe's songs but there is great value her to learn about this western and its production.

I wasn't overly keen to review Singing Guns... until I saw it! The image is beautiful and its a darn good 'redemption'-based western. I've always loved Ella Raines (the Noir Impact). Kino have produced a surprisingly impressive Blu-ray. Their package has a stellar 4K-restored presentation and an educational commentary. Absolutely recommended!

Gary W. Tooze







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