Springfield Rifle (1952)

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    • Springfield Rifle (1952)



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      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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

      Full 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
      James Millican ... Det. Matthew Quint
      Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sgt. Snow (as Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams)
      Alan Hale Jr. ... Mizzell
      Martin Milner ... Pvt. Olie Larsen
      Wilton Graff ... Col. George Sharpe
      Holly Bane ... Red (uncredited)
      Vince Barnett ... Cook (uncredited)
      Ray Bennett ... Commissioner (uncredited)
      James Brown ... Pvt. Ferguson (uncredited)
      Michael Chapin ... Jamie Kearney (uncredited)
      Ben Corbett ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
      George Eldredge ... Judge Advocate (uncredited)
      William Fawcett ... Cpl. Ramsey (uncredited)
      Kit Guard ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Richard Hale ... Gen. Halleck (uncredited)
      Poodles Hanneford ... Cpl. Hamel (uncredited)
      Eric Hoeg ... Southerner (uncredited)
      Richard Lightner ... Lt. Johnson (uncredited)
      Rory Mallinson ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Ewing Mitchell ... Capt. Spencer (Confederate horse buyer) (uncredited)
      Jack Mower ... Guard (uncredited)
      Jerry O'Sullivan ... Lt. Evans (uncredited)
      Fess Parker ... Jim Randolph (uncredited)
      Ric Roman ... Guard (uncredited)
      George Ross ... Riley (uncredited)
      Ralph Sanford ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Paula Sowl ... Woman (uncredited)
      Jack Tornek ... Soldier (uncredited)
      Jack Woody ... Sims, Raider (uncredited)
      Nedrick Young ... Sgt. Poole (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay) and
      Frank Davis (screenplay)
      Sloan Nibley (story)

      Original Music
      Max Steiner

      Edwin B. DuPar

      Film is set during the Civil War which took place in 1861-1865,
      yet one of the characters is seen to be using what appears to be a model 1873 Colt Army revolver.

      The Trapdoor Springfield rifle featured in this movie was issued in 1873.
      Its immediate breechloading predecessor in the military was not produced until after the Civil War.
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      When Kearney and the troopers ride out of town in the wagon with the Springfield rifles,
      at one point the edge of a road can be seen in the lower left of the screen.

      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.

      During the battle between the army (driving herd of horses) and the rebels,
      Pete Elm's face is dirty/clean/dirty between shots.

      When Kearney is pursuing Hudson through the rocks, at one point he places his hat
      on his gun and pushes it forward. The sunlight and shadows vary between shots in this scene,
      with Kearney and the hat sometimes in full sun, sometimes in full shadow.

      When attempting to drive out the horse thieves by burning them out,
      the wagon section that Kearney drove is twice pushed over the edge in flames.

      Factual errors
      At the beginning, General Halleck is wearing a crimson sash. As a General,
      he should be wearing a cream-colored sash.

      Revealing mistakes
      In the shot immediately after Col. Hudson's bandits surrender,
      a piece of debris stuck on the camera lens is visible at the bottom of the screen.

      At the start of the movie, when the Major has his shirt painted yellow, it's clear that the brush
      did not go all the way down to his trousers, however, when he was escorted out,
      you can see that it's now all the way down to his trousers.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

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      Springfield Rifle
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Springfield Rifle (1952)

      Springfield Rifle is a western film, directed by André de Toth
      and released by Warner Bros.
      Pictures in 1952. The film is set during the American Civil War and stars
      Gary Cooper.

      The film also starred Phyllis Thaxter and Lon Chaney Jr..

      User Review
      Great direction & cinematography
      10 July 2008 | by FtValleyPS (Flagstaff, Arizona)

      I agree the movie is an underrated western, it reminds one of John Ford movies, and the direction is great.
      Some of the acting and direction, e.g. when Col. Hudson figures out Lex is an agent, is really good,
      as well as other scenes with very subtly fine direction. What also occurs to me is that much
      of the cinematography in this film is pretty near fantastic. While the setting in Lone Pine, California
      is nice and makes the filming a little easier in that regard, the lighting and camera work are exceptional,
      including early and late day shots, and even for the average shots on the set, e.g. around the fort, lighting, etc.
      Some of the action shots are pretty darned amazing, too, including the running herds of horses.
      I noticed a mix of saddle horses, mules and draft horses in the herd,
      which I think lends some authenticity to the film.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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