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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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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

As they are unstrapping the rifles from the wagon section before attacking the raiders, Major Kearney says, "Sgt. Snow, Lieutenant, come with me." Then his mouth keeps moving but no dialog is heard. 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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Remade as Cheyenne: Test of Courage (1957) See more »

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Finding the Inside Man
18 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Springfield Rifle is the film Gary Cooper made after his much acclaimed performance in High Noon. Not that it's a bad film, but a fairly routine western which even kind of gives away who the inside man is way too early in the film. It would have been better had their been more suspense.

Gary Cooper goes undercover to find a ring of rustlers who are working in cahoots with the Confederacy during the Civil War, stealing horses meant for the Union cavalry.

To do this he gets himself courtmartialed and drummed out of the army. And he gets the full Chuck Connors treatment, that Connors received on his series Branded. This enables Cooper to join the renegades led by David Brian and Lon Chaney, Jr.

Things do get complicated when Coop's wife, Phyllis Thaxter, shows up to tell him about their son who has run away. Her concern nearly derails the mission and her husband.

Some good western action is in Springfield Rifle, a couple of pitched battles with the renegades and Cooper finally uncovering the inside man in the rustling ring.

Three good performances besides the players mentioned are Guinn Williams as the sergeant who saves Cooper from a hangman, Paul Kelly as the post commander, and Philip Carey as a rival officer to Cooper on the post.

Springfield Rifle is good action entertainment for those who like their westerns action filled.


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