The Springfield Rifle

Springfield Rifle

Andre De Toth (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
In the same year that Gary Cooper won an Oscar for High Noon he also starred in this perfunctory Warner Bros western. Directed with some style by House of Wax's Andre De Toth, this feature still resembles a Randolph Scott programme filler, wherein Cooper instead of Scott rides with a batch of second-string actors to infiltrate a gang. Cooper is a little too old for this kind of lark and the support cast really isn't worthy of him, but there's a certain pleasure to be gained from watching a great star at work.


A Union officer is given a fake court martial and discharged so he can infiltrate a Confederate outpost and covertly identify the renegade Union soldiers supplying the enemy with firearms and horses. American Civil War Western adventure, starring Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter and Lon Chaney Jr.

Cast & Crew

Major "Lex" Kearney Gary Cooper
Erin Kearney Phyllis Thaxter
Austin McCool David Brian
Lt Col Hudson Paul Kelly (1)
Captain Tennick Philip Carey
Elm Lon Chaney Jr
Matthew Quint James Millican
Olie Larsen Martin Milner
Sergeant Snow Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
Lieutenant Evans Jerry O'Sullivan
Director Andre De Toth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video