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Springfield Rifle (1952)

Approved | | War, Western | 25 October 1952 (USA)
Major Lex Kearney becomes the North's first counterespionage agent as he tries to discover who's behind the theft of Union cavalry horses in Colorado during the Civil War.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre DeToth)

Writers:

Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Frank Davis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
Phyllis Thaxter ... Erin Kearney
David Brian ... Austin McCool
Paul Kelly ... Lt. Col John Hudson
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Tennick
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pete Elm (as Lon Chaney)
James Millican ... Matthew Quint
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sgt. Snow
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mizzell
Martin Milner ... Pvt. Olie Larsen
Wilton Graff ... Col. George Sharpe
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Storyline

Major Lex Kearney, dishonorably discharged from the army for cowardice in battle, has actually volunteered to go undercover to try to prevent raids against shipments of horses desperately needed for the Union war effort. Falling in with the gang of jayhawkers and Confederate soldiers who have been conducting the raids, he gradually gains their trust and is put in a position where he can discover who has been giving them secret information revealing the routes of the horse shipments. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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When they said that Kearny had disgraced his woman... That's When He Reached For His Rifle! See more »

Genres:

War | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gegenspionage See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Whitney, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Fess Parker. See more »

Goofs

In the mirror flashing scenes, Major Kearney tells the riders to hold their mirror steady for 30 seconds if everything is okay but flash it around if there are any problems and they'll wait to move the horses. In the next scene, the mirror can be seen flashing from the top of the ridge meaning there was a problem but the whole camp gets excited and moves out with the horses. See more »

Quotes

Austin McCool, Raider Leader: Pick yourself a horse and use this outfit.
Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney: Any one?
Austin McCool, Raider Leader: Suit yourself!
Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney: I'll take the black.
Pete Elm, Leader of Non-military Raiders: [Outraged] You ain't givin' it to him?
Austin McCool, Raider Leader: You got one horse you can ride. Why do you want with another you can't?
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Remade as Cheyenne: Test of Courage (1957) See more »

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Very enjoyable and underrated
21 October 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I saw this film as I like films like this and I admire the cast. In most aspects this film delivered. The title is misleading I agree and I personally would've liked Springfield Rifle to have been 5 or so minutes longer. However, while it is not an exceptional movie it is a very good and enjoyable one, and I also think underrated.

Springfield Rifle is a very well made film, I loved the scenery and the cinematography is beautiful. It also has strong direction, a rousing music score from Max Steiner that compliments the film perfectly, a good story with an interesting structure and themes and sharp dialogue.

Good pacing is also at hand, and the cast are great. Gary Cooper has done better work perhaps, but still gives an engaging performance. Lon Chaney Jnr likewise, and Phyllis Thaxter and Paul Kelly are excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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