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Springfield Rifle (1952)

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Springfield Rifle was Gary Cooper's third western in a row, released not long after the classic High Noon. Cooper plays Union army officer Lex Kearney, who undertakes a covert investigation to find out why the North's supply of horses has suddenly diminished. Because of the top-secret nature of his mission, Kearney is forced to distance himself from everyone he knows, including his wife Erin (Phyllis Thaxter) and son Jamie (Michael Chapin). Heading to a remote cavalry post, he discovers that renegade soldiers have been stealing horses and selling them to the South. Someone at the post has been operating as the thieves' "inside man," and Lex, posing as a dishonorably discharged soldier, aims to ferret out the traitor. Had it not followed directly on the heels of the critical and financial success of High Noon, Springfield Rifle might have fared better with audiences and reviewers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Gary Cooper
as Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
Phyllis Thaxter
as Erin Kearney
David Brian
as Austin McCool
Paul Kelly
as Lt. Col. John Hudson
Philip Carey
as Capt. Tennick
James Millican
as Matthew Quint
Martin Milner
as Olie Larsen
James Brown (II)
as Pvt. Ferguson
Fess Parker
as Jim Randolph
Richard Lightner
as Lt. Johnson
Eric Hoeg
as Southerner
Wilton Graff
as Col. Sharpe
Ned Young
as Sgt. Poole
William Fawcett
as Cpl. Ramsey
Richard Hale
as Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Ben Corbett
as Sergeant Major
Edward Hearn
as Calhoun
George Eldredge
as Judge Advocate
Ric Roman
as Guard
Ray Bennett
as Commissioner
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Critic Reviews for Springfield Rifle

All Critics (3)

Visually fine Western, that is as much a crime drama or spy film as a Western.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

A solidly constructed Western

November 12, 2006 | Full Review…

An incurious Western set during the Civil War days.

March 28, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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