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Springfield Rifle (1952)

Approved  |   |  War, Western  |  25 October 1952 (USA)
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Major Lex Kearny 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.


(as Andre DeToth)


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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
Erin Kearney
Austin McCool
Paul Kelly ...
Lt. Col John Hudson
Capt. Edward Tennick
Pete Elm (as Lon Chaney)
James Millican ...
Matthew Quint
Sgt. Snow
Pvt. Olie Larsen
Wilton Graff ...
Col. George Sharpe


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 <>

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The right man... for the right gun! See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gegenspionage  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released the same year as Gary Cooper's most famous Western High Noon (1952), which also starred Lon Chaney Jr. in a secondary role. See more »


At the beginning, General Halleck is wearing a crimson sash. As a General, he should be wearing a cream-colored sash. See more »


Col. George Sharpe: Just before I left Washington, Halleck gave me the latest high command opinion on organizing a group like ours. They laughed at the general. Said the word "counterespionage" wasn't even in the dictionary. It seemed ridiculous to try to create something that couldn't even be defined. Well, we're defining it for him and in great big capital letters!
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Remade as Cheyenne: Test of Courage (1957) See more »

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One of my favorite westerns
15 March 2000 | by (Reynolds City Montana) – See all my reviews

This terrific movie is one of the most underrated westerns of all time. One problem is the title. The movie has little to do with the Springfield rifle, and more to do with one man's triumph over the odds when literally everyone is against him. This is RS at his best.

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