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Springfield Rifle (1952)

 -  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.


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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
Erin Kearney
David Brian ...
Austin McCool, Raider Leader
Paul Kelly ...
Lt. Col John Hudson (Ft. Hedley CO)
Pete Elm, Leader of Non-military Raiders (as Lon Chaney)
Capt. Edward Tennick
James Millican ...
Det. Matthew Quint
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
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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Release Date:

25 October 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Springfield Rifle  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Wilhelm is heard when a Confederate solider is killed with a saber near the end of the raid where McCool is killed. See more »


Film is set during the Civil War which took place in 1861-1865, yet one of the characters is seen to be using what appears to be a model 1873 Colt Army revolver. See more »


Lt. Col John Hudson: Erin, you know what I would do if I were you? I think you ought to go home to your son. This is a man's world out here, and you don't belong. But remember this: people don't always act the way you expect them to. It doesn't mean that they aren't fond of you, or they don't love you. It simply means they may have a star to follow that's stronger than any personal tie.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Very enjoyable and underrated
21 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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