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Springfield Rifle was Gary Cooper's third western in a row, released not long after the classic Gary Cooper. 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 Gary Cooper, Springfield Rifle might have fared better with audiences and reviewers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Gary Cooper
as Maj. Alex Kearney
Phyllis Thaxter
as Erin Kearney
David Brian
as Austin McCool
Paul Kelly
as Lt. Col. John Hudson
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Elm
Philip Carey
as Capt. Tennick
James Millican
as Matthew Quint
Martin Milner
as Olie Larsen
Wilton Graff
as Col. Sharpe
Richard Hale
as Gen. Henry W. Halleck
James Brown
as Private Ferguson
Vince Barnett
as Cook
Jack Woody
as Sims
Ned Young
as Sgt. Poole
William Fawcett
as Corporal Ramsey
Edward Hearn
as Calhoun
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Mizzell
Holly Bane
as Red
Michael Chapin
as Jamie
Ben Corbett
as Sgt. Major
George Eldredge
as Judge Advocate
Rory Mallinson
as Barfly
Jack Mower
as Guard
Fess Parker
as Jim Randolph
Ralph Sanford
as Barfly
Michael Chapin
as Jamie
Jack Mower
as Guard
Holly Bane
as Red
Rory Mallinson
as Barfly
Ben Corbett
as Sgt. Major
Fess Parker
as Jim Randolph
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Mizzell
George Eldredge
as Judge Advocate
Edward Hearn
as Calhoun

Crew

André De Toth
Director
Charles Marquis Warren
Screenwriter
Frank Davis
Screenwriter
Sloan Nibley
Screen Story
Edwin DuPar
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Murray Cutter
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Beckman
Art Director
Ben Corbett
Consultant/advisor
Gordon Bau
Makeup
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