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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.

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(as Andre DeToth)

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Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
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Erin Kearney
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Austin McCool
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Lt. Col John Hudson
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Capt. Edward Tennick
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Pete Elm (as Lon Chaney)
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Matthew Quint
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Sgt. Snow
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Mizzell
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Pvt. Olie Larsen
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Col. George Sharpe
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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 »

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War | Western

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25 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Gegenspionage  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The opening scene has a matte shot with the U.S. capitol dome in the background. The dome was not completed until 1866. See more »

Goofs

Set during the Civil War (1861-1865), yet at least one character appears to have an 1873 Colt Army revolver. See more »

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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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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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4 out of 5 action rating
19 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

See it- This is a diamond in the rough. It is relatively unknown but a must-see for Gary Cooper fans. Cooper plays his usual character of a man on a mission to redeem himself, but this is not a typical western. Exciting from start to finish, it's the story of the inception of counterintelligence used by the Union in the Civil War. It is not necessarily James Bond with a cowboy hat. It is still very much a western, and a refreshingly good Civil War movie for a change. Movie buffs will also get a kick out of a young Fess Parker. Full of twists and lots of battle scenes, it's a good old-fashioned, fun movie. 4 action rating


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