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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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The right man... for the right gun! 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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Trivia

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

During the "hat on a stick trick" scene, the sunlight and shadows on Kearney are inconsistent. See more »

Quotes

Pete Elm, Leader of Non-military Raiders: [Rousing the Jayhawkers and Rebels] C'm'on, Rebs, stir up! This ain't no cotillion! C'm'on, boys, pack and saddle up! We're headin' south! Money in the sock, boys!
[Laughs]
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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 (Montana wilderness) – 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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