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De onzichtbare tegenstander (1952)

Springfield Rifle (original title)
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.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre DeToth)

Writers:

Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Frank Davis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Maj. Alex 'Lex' Kearney
Phyllis Thaxter ... Erin Kearney
David Brian ... Austin McCool
Paul Kelly ... Lt. Col John Hudson
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Tennick
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pete Elm (as Lon Chaney)
James Millican ... Matthew Quint
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sgt. Snow
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mizzell
Martin Milner ... Pvt. Olie Larsen
Wilton Graff ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De onzichtbare tegenstander See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Whitney, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Released the same year as Gary Cooper's most famous Western Klokslag 12 (1952), which also starred Lon Chaney Jr. in a secondary role. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Tennick is trying to line up a shot at the leader of the horse raiders, his kerchief changes from a bright red plaid color to that of an off-white, then back and forth several times. 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 bkoganbingSee 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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