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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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Cast

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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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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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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

Released the same year as Gary Cooper's most famous Western High Noon (1952), which also starred Lon Chaney Jr. in a secondary role. 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 »

Quotes

Lt. Col John Hudson: Erin, you know what I would do if I were you? I think you ought to go home to your son. This is a man's world out here, and you don't belong. But remember this: people don't always act the way you expect them to. It doesn't mean that they aren't fond of you, or they don't love you. It simply means they may have a star to follow that's stronger than any personal tie.
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Remade as Cheyenne: Test of Courage (1957) See more »

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Very enjoyable and underrated
21 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as I like films like this and I admire the cast. In most aspects this film delivered. The title is misleading I agree and I personally would've liked Springfield Rifle to have been 5 or so minutes longer. However, while it is not an exceptional movie it is a very good and enjoyable one, and I also think underrated.

Springfield Rifle is a very well made film, I loved the scenery and the cinematography is beautiful. It also has strong direction, a rousing music score from Max Steiner that compliments the film perfectly, a good story with an interesting structure and themes and sharp dialogue.

Good pacing is also at hand, and the cast are great. Gary Cooper has done better work perhaps, but still gives an engaging performance. Lon Chaney Jnr likewise, and Phyllis Thaxter and Paul Kelly are excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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