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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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Cast

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

Also Known As:

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

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 »

Goofs

As they are unstrapping the rifles from the wagon section before attacking the raiders, Major Kearney says, "Sargent Snow, Luetenant, come with me." Then he clearly proceeds to give more orders, but all you hear is soundtrack, no dialog. See more »

Quotes

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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Great direction & cinematography
10 July 2008 | by (Flagstaff, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I agree the movie is an underrated western, it reminds one of John Ford movies, and the direction is great. Some of the acting and direction, e.g. when Col. Hudson figures out Lex is an agent, is really good, as well as other scenes with very subtly fine direction. What also occurs to me is that much of the cinematography in this film is pretty near fantastic. While the setting in Lone Pine, California is nice and makes the filming a little easier in that regard, the lighting and camera work are exceptional, including early and late day shots, and even for the average shots on the set, e.g. around the fort, lighting, etc. Some of the action shots are pretty darned amazing, too, including the running herds of horses. I noticed a mix of saddle horses, mules and draft horses in the herd, which I think lends some authenticity to the film.


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