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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
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Erin Kearney
David Brian ...
Austin McCool
Paul Kelly ...
Lt. Col John Hudson
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Capt. Edward Tennick
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Pete Elm (as Lon Chaney)
James Millican ...
Matthew Quint
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Sgt. Snow
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Mizzell
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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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The right man... for the right gun! See more »

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War | Western

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Release Date:

25 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Gegenspionage  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(WarnerColor)

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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 battle between the army (driving herd of horses) and the rebels, Pete Elm's face is dirty/clean/dirty between shots. 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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The Counterfeit Copperhead
26 February 2004 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

The Springfield Rifle is a fantastic counterespionage story. Sent to the Confederates as a Counterfeit Traitor, Major Lex Kearney (Gary Cooper) penetrates the horse thief ring to uncover the identity of the confederate ring leader. The simple plan is complicated when Major Kearney's son enlists to make good his father's apparent misdeeds and Major's contact is killed. Will the good Major successfully ex-filtrate and prevent the Confederacy from launching its last offensive?

Although the title is deceiving, as rifles have comparatively little to do with the story, the plot is fast moving and the tension increases incrementally with each new disaster.

The film favorably compares to John Ford's great cavalry trilogy and many of the techniques of Rio Grande seem to have been successfully repeated.


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