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
Classics , Western
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Warner Bros.


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
Jerry O'Sullivan
as Lt. Evans
James Brown (II)
as Pvt. Ferguson
Jack Woody
as Sims
Alan Hale Jr.
as Mizzell
Fess Parker
as Jim Randolph
Richard Lightner
as Lt. Johnson
Ewing Mitchell
as Spencer
Poodles Hanneford
as Cpl. Hamel
George Ross
as Riley
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
Ralph Sanford
as Barfly
Paula Sowl
as Woman
Ric Roman
as Guard
Jack Mower
as Guard
Ray Bennett
as Commissioner
Rory Mallison
as Barfly
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television

A solidly constructed Western

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

An incurious Western set during the Civil War days.

Full Review… | March 28, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Springfield Rifle


You got one horse you can ride. What do you want with another you can't? Major Alex Kearney is a Union soldier who is about to be discharged. He volunteers to become the first Union spy and try to uncover how the confederates are discovering the routes for their supplies and horses so he can relay those details back to the Union. Can Alex infiltrate the confederates and discover how they keep stealing Union supplies? "Not used to giving orders, eh?" "Worse yet, I'm used to being obeyed." Andre De Toth, director of House of Wax (1953), Crime Wave, Day of the Outlaw, Play Dirty, The Mongols, and Carson City, delivers Springfield Rifle. The storyline for this picture is straightforward and doesn't have much going for it. The action is just average but the acting is solid. The cast includes Gary Cooper, Lon Chaney, Phyllis Thaxter, Philip Carey, and Alan Hale. "I've said everything I can say. I wish you'd go back but I can't make you." This is another western that was recommended to me via Fios so I DVR'd it randomly off Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This was a very average picture that doesn't have much going for it. Gary Cooper was his calm, cool, sarcastic self. Other than watching this for that quality in Cooper, I'd skip this film. "This idea of yours isn't working." "Give it a chance." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

gary cooper stars in what was his 3rd western in a row, Visually fine Western, that is as much a crime drama or spy film as a Western.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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