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Springfield Rifle (film)

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Director  Andre de Toth
Music director  Max Steiner
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  War, Western
Language  English
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Release date  October 22, 1952 (1952-10-22) (New York City) October 25, 1953 (1953-10-25) (North America) August 21, 1953 (1953-08-21) (Finland) September 10, 1953 (1953-09-10) (Norway) September 21, 1953 (1953-09-21) (Sweden)
Writer  Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Frank Davis (screenplay), Sloan Nibley (story)
Genres  Western, Action Film, Action/Adventure
Cast  Gary Cooper (Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney), Phyllis Thaxter (Erin Kearney), David Brian (Austin McCool, Raider Leader), Paul Kelly (Lt. Col John Hudson (Ft. Hedley CO)), Lon Chaney Jr. (Pete Elm, Leader of Non-military Raiders (as Lon Chaney)), Philip Carey (Capt. Edward Tennick)
Similar movies  War Horse, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, Cheyenne Autumn, Ulzana's Raid, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Glory Guys
Tagline  The right man... for the right gun!

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Springfield Rifle is a western film, directed by Andre DeToth and released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1952. The film is set during the American Civil War and stars Gary Cooper, with Phyllis Thaxter and Lon Chaney Jr..


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It is described as "essentially an espionage thriller that pits a Union intelligence officer (Gary Cooper) against a Confederate spy ring."

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Charged with wartime cowardice, Major Lex Kearney is drummed out of the Union Army with a dishonorable discharge. His disgrace is complete, wife Erin even informing him that their ashamed son has run away. What no one knows is that Kearney has accepted a fake discharge so he can carry out a top-secret assignment to go undercover and find the rustlers who have been providing horses to Confederate troops.


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  • Gary Cooper as Major Lex Kearney
  • Phyllis Thaxter as Erin
  • David Brian as Austin McCool
  • Paul Kelly as Lt. Col John Hudson
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. as Pete Elm
  • Philip Carey as Capt. Tennick
  • Fess Parker as Confederate Sergeant Jim Randolph
  • Reception

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    The film was not well received by critics. Jeffrey Meyers noted that Cooper's career went down hill in the early 1950s, until High Noon opened in 1952, and labelled Springfield Rifle a "mediocre" western.

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    Rebecca Fish Ewan called the film "confusing" and said that Cooper looked "ever perplexed". New York Magazine said "even Cooper can't keep this film from being just another ho- hum Western."

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    However, New York Life described it as an "exciting military melodrama of espionage and counterespionage in a frontier fort."

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